Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell travel corridor

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Please note - this round of consultation has now closed


Transforming travel between Dewsbury, Batley and Chidswell

Major changes are being proposed for the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell area in Kirklees. We want you to have your say on the proposed transport improvements. Please tell us what you think of our proposals by using the information on this page, to help you complete our short survey on the link below and here.


Online Q&A webinars

We will be hosting two free online Q&A webinars as part of this consultation which will provide the public with an opportunity for you to learn more about the proposals and to ask your own questions to the project team.

Please click the link below to register for free and share it with anybody you think would be interested in attending. A recording of one of the webinars will be uploaded to this page for those who are unable to attend to view the presentation.

Date

Time

Registration Details

Wednesday 27 October 2021

6-7pm

This event has taken place

Monday 1 November 2021

12-1pm

This event has taken place



About the Corridor

The Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell Sustainable Travel Corridor is a key route for the Kirklees transport network that runs through the heart of West Yorkshire, connecting the centres of Dewsbury and Batley with Chidswell and Tingley.

The A652 Bradford Road is a busy route, experiencing high traffic volumes and delays, particularly during peak periods. This means buses along the route can get delayed, and it is not as easy to walk or cycle as it could be.

Grange Road and Soothill Lane provide key east-west links between Batley and Chidswell, but offer limited opportunities for travelling on foot or by bike, due to high traffic volumes and a lack of dedicated walking and cycling facilities.

We have conducted assessments along the route to find key problems and opportunities. This has resulted in a range of proposals for walking and cycling improvements and bus priority measures between Dewsbury, Batley and Chidswell.

Although journey patterns have changed because of COVID-19, new housing and employment planned in the future means we anticipate congestion to get worse due to higher travel demands. The Chidswell area in particular is planned to experience significant housing growth, which will place increasing pressure on the existing transport network.

These improvements to the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell corridor offer an opportunity to improve walking, cycling and bus journeys for everyone. We're hoping to provide a route between Dewsbury town centre and Batley town centre - please see the cycle network plan here.


Our Proposals

The proposals are presented in five zones which split the corridor by geographical area. To see what we're proposing in each zone, you can click on the links below, or go to our 'Maps' section:

Zone 1. A652 Bradford Road (Stocks Lane junction to Hick Lane / Bradford Road junction) and Batley town centre

Zone 2. Rouse Mill Lane Triangle and Alexandra Road

Zone 3. A652 Bradford Road (Dewsbury Ring Road to Alexandra Road)

Zone 4. Soothill Lane

Zone 5. Grange Road and Challenge Way

Background

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together to deliver improvements which will benefit residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

The project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, a major new programme of investment that aims to create a step change in travel across the region. Kirklees Council has secured over £60m of this central government funding which is ringfenced for schemes improving pedestrian, cycle and public transport movements. This investment will also help ‘level up’ the UK economy and redistribute wealth, jobs and investment more equitably across England. This investment forms part of a much wider plan to tackle the climate crisis and deliver a more sustainable future for the region. Approximately £6m is allocated towards the Dewsbury- Batley- Chidswell Sustainable Travel corridor, which forms just one of the transformational projects to be delivered.

It is our ambition to use this investment to:

  • Enable growth by creating more opportunities for people to walk and cycle
  • Improve transport connections giving people better access to jobs, education, healthcare and leisure facilities
  • Reduce the carbon emissions associated with transport to help address climate change

The ambition has informed the following objectives:

  • Upgrading bus stops along the route to provide better passenger information and waiting environment
  • Create an improved and safer environment for people on foot and on bikes
  • Improve air quality by encouraging more people to walk, cycle or take public transport
  • Support nearby major development sites by improving transport connections
  • Improve ‘Rouse Mill Lane Triangle’ to allow safer journeys

Find out more and have your say

Between Tuesday 5 October 2021 and Tuesday 2 November 2021, we are asking for your feedback on the proposals. Your views are important to us at this early stage and will help shape designs moving forward so please take this opportunity to let us know what you think by clicking on the button below to take our survey.

Step 1: Have a look at the proposals for each zone, which have been uploaded at the top of this webpage in the ‘Maps’ section. We have also provided answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Step 2: Tell us what you think by completing our survey by clicking the button below. How long this will take depends how many zones you want to comment on - you can choose some or all. To help you answer the survey questions, please take a look at the maps for each zone, located under 'Maps'.

Click here to take the survey

Contact us via:

  • Our Q&A tool: Submit your questions below
  • Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0113 245 7676 (MetroLine)
  • Post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA) (no stamp required)

If you or someone you know is unable to access information online, please get in touch with us using the contact details above. We can arrange a different way to provide information – such as sending more information in the post – so that you or they can get involved.

Other consultations taking place in the area:

  • Dewsbury town centre walking and cycling improvements (consultation open 7 October - 7 November 2021)
  • Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (consultation to open soon)

This consultation will close on Tuesday 2 November 2021.

Next Steps

Following the close of the public consultation on 2 November, all feedback will be considered as the designs develop and more technical assessment is undertaken. There will be more opportunities to provide feedback on evolving and more detailed plans early next year before we submit a planning application and request funding to begin construction.

Please note - this round of consultation has now closed


Transforming travel between Dewsbury, Batley and Chidswell

Major changes are being proposed for the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell area in Kirklees. We want you to have your say on the proposed transport improvements. Please tell us what you think of our proposals by using the information on this page, to help you complete our short survey on the link below and here.


Online Q&A webinars

We will be hosting two free online Q&A webinars as part of this consultation which will provide the public with an opportunity for you to learn more about the proposals and to ask your own questions to the project team.

Please click the link below to register for free and share it with anybody you think would be interested in attending. A recording of one of the webinars will be uploaded to this page for those who are unable to attend to view the presentation.

Date

Time

Registration Details

Wednesday 27 October 2021

6-7pm

This event has taken place

Monday 1 November 2021

12-1pm

This event has taken place



About the Corridor

The Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell Sustainable Travel Corridor is a key route for the Kirklees transport network that runs through the heart of West Yorkshire, connecting the centres of Dewsbury and Batley with Chidswell and Tingley.

The A652 Bradford Road is a busy route, experiencing high traffic volumes and delays, particularly during peak periods. This means buses along the route can get delayed, and it is not as easy to walk or cycle as it could be.

Grange Road and Soothill Lane provide key east-west links between Batley and Chidswell, but offer limited opportunities for travelling on foot or by bike, due to high traffic volumes and a lack of dedicated walking and cycling facilities.

We have conducted assessments along the route to find key problems and opportunities. This has resulted in a range of proposals for walking and cycling improvements and bus priority measures between Dewsbury, Batley and Chidswell.

Although journey patterns have changed because of COVID-19, new housing and employment planned in the future means we anticipate congestion to get worse due to higher travel demands. The Chidswell area in particular is planned to experience significant housing growth, which will place increasing pressure on the existing transport network.

These improvements to the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell corridor offer an opportunity to improve walking, cycling and bus journeys for everyone. We're hoping to provide a route between Dewsbury town centre and Batley town centre - please see the cycle network plan here.


Our Proposals

The proposals are presented in five zones which split the corridor by geographical area. To see what we're proposing in each zone, you can click on the links below, or go to our 'Maps' section:

Zone 1. A652 Bradford Road (Stocks Lane junction to Hick Lane / Bradford Road junction) and Batley town centre

Zone 2. Rouse Mill Lane Triangle and Alexandra Road

Zone 3. A652 Bradford Road (Dewsbury Ring Road to Alexandra Road)

Zone 4. Soothill Lane

Zone 5. Grange Road and Challenge Way

Background

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together to deliver improvements which will benefit residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

The project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, a major new programme of investment that aims to create a step change in travel across the region. Kirklees Council has secured over £60m of this central government funding which is ringfenced for schemes improving pedestrian, cycle and public transport movements. This investment will also help ‘level up’ the UK economy and redistribute wealth, jobs and investment more equitably across England. This investment forms part of a much wider plan to tackle the climate crisis and deliver a more sustainable future for the region. Approximately £6m is allocated towards the Dewsbury- Batley- Chidswell Sustainable Travel corridor, which forms just one of the transformational projects to be delivered.

It is our ambition to use this investment to:

  • Enable growth by creating more opportunities for people to walk and cycle
  • Improve transport connections giving people better access to jobs, education, healthcare and leisure facilities
  • Reduce the carbon emissions associated with transport to help address climate change

The ambition has informed the following objectives:

  • Upgrading bus stops along the route to provide better passenger information and waiting environment
  • Create an improved and safer environment for people on foot and on bikes
  • Improve air quality by encouraging more people to walk, cycle or take public transport
  • Support nearby major development sites by improving transport connections
  • Improve ‘Rouse Mill Lane Triangle’ to allow safer journeys

Find out more and have your say

Between Tuesday 5 October 2021 and Tuesday 2 November 2021, we are asking for your feedback on the proposals. Your views are important to us at this early stage and will help shape designs moving forward so please take this opportunity to let us know what you think by clicking on the button below to take our survey.

Step 1: Have a look at the proposals for each zone, which have been uploaded at the top of this webpage in the ‘Maps’ section. We have also provided answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Step 2: Tell us what you think by completing our survey by clicking the button below. How long this will take depends how many zones you want to comment on - you can choose some or all. To help you answer the survey questions, please take a look at the maps for each zone, located under 'Maps'.

Click here to take the survey

Contact us via:

  • Our Q&A tool: Submit your questions below
  • Email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0113 245 7676 (MetroLine)
  • Post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA) (no stamp required)

If you or someone you know is unable to access information online, please get in touch with us using the contact details above. We can arrange a different way to provide information – such as sending more information in the post – so that you or they can get involved.

Other consultations taking place in the area:

  • Dewsbury town centre walking and cycling improvements (consultation open 7 October - 7 November 2021)
  • Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (consultation to open soon)

This consultation will close on Tuesday 2 November 2021.

Next Steps

Following the close of the public consultation on 2 November, all feedback will be considered as the designs develop and more technical assessment is undertaken. There will be more opportunities to provide feedback on evolving and more detailed plans early next year before we submit a planning application and request funding to begin construction.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

We have created an extensive list of frequently asked questions and you can find these here (opens in a new page). However, if you have another question, please write it here and we will try to get a response back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that any question you ask will be visible to all visitors to this site, so please do not include any personal information - alternatively you can email us.

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    Why after so many accidents and chaos and expense on Leeds road are the still no proposals for any calming measures on this horrible road.

    Cazooma asked 3 months ago

    Good afternoon,  

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    The Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell Sustainable Travel Corridor Project only covers a small section of Leeds Road - the junction at Grange Road. The issues you highlighted are being addressed by Leeds City Council and Kirklees Council via other proposals/projects. 

    Kind regards, 

    The Project Team

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    Can a feasibility be considered for having a direct train journey from Batley/Dewsbury to Bradford? (a local stopper train)

    Yunus Patel asked 4 months ago

    Good afternoon,  

    Thank you for getting in touch and for your suggestion. 

    This is a good proposition that is possibly/likely being explored by Network Rail and train operators, but it has to be commercially viable. 

    Kind regards,

    The Project Team

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    How do I access Q&A?

    Leo asked 4 months ago

    Good afternoon,

    Our Q&A tool offers the opportunity to send us a question, to which we will reply as soon as we can. You can access it here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/dbctravel/qanda

    Kind regards,

    The Project Team

Page last updated: 17 December 2021, 16:18