Dewsbury Town Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements

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Please note - this round of public consultation has now closed

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are proposing a series of travel improvements in Dewsbury town centre.

The ‘Dewsbury Town Centre Walking & Cycling Improvements’ project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, which aims to help create a positive change in the way we travel across the region, providing an accessible, attractive, and cleaner alternative to car journeys. Please read all the information below and then complete the survey.


Background

This project aims to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport in Dewsbury and will help people make full use of the new planned investments at Dewsbury Bus Station and the Transpennine Rail route.

This project will also support the delivery of the ‘Dewsbury Blueprint’, which is a 10-year plan that seeks to regenerate the town and provide for future growth in the area. This project also aims to support the Strategic Development Framework and the Kirklees Local Plan.

The town is in the middle of an ambitious period of investment and regeneration that has already seen major successes, including the new Rail Station Forecourt and securing a £25m Town Deal. Dewsbury sits at the heart of the North Kirklees Growth Zone, a long-term regeneration initiative that will promote transformational change in areas such as housing, enterprise and education, among others.


Online Q&A webinars

We will be hosting three 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

Thursday 21 October 2021*

6-7pm

This event has taken place, please see video 'online Q&A event recording'

Tuesday 2 November 2021

2.30-3.30pm

Click here to watch the recording

Wednesday 3 November 2021

1-2pm

This event has taken place


*Please note, the first online Q&A event has been rearranged from Tuesday 19 October to Thursday 21 October 2021 - apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Our aims

This scheme aims to support all of the above regeneration plans in the following ways:

  1. Making it easier and safer for everyone to get to Dewsbury Bus and Rail stations on foot and by bike
  2. Encouraging businesses to move into the area and help regeneration and growth, by making it an attractive place to work (check out the Town Investment Plan)
  3. Making it easier and safer for more people to walk, cycle and use the bus in this area
  4. Supporting people to get to places of education and employment with low-cost travel choices
  5. Improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions from vehicles


Our proposals

  • New cycle lanes – including contra-flow cycle lanes (cycle lanes that allow cycles to travel in the opposite direction to the vehicles)
  • Widen footways
  • Upgrade pedestrian crossings and more space for pedestrians at major junctions across the ring road
  • New footways and cycle tracks
  • Traffic calming measures plus other measures to create a better public space
  • New landscaping areas and trees

Here is the list of the roads included in the proposals, with a brief outline of the changes that could be made in each area:

The proposals are open to public consultation from Thursday 7 October to Sunday 7 November 2021.

Your views and comments will remain anonymous and will be considered as we work to shape the selection and further detailed development of the proposals.


Find out more and have your say

Between Thursday 7 October 2021 and Sunday 7 November 2021, we are asking for your feedback on these 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 section of Dewsbury town centre, which have been uploaded in the ‘Our proposals’ section of this webpage. 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 sections 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 section, located under 'Our proposals'.

If you would like to contact us, please do so:

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.

This engagement will close on Sunday 7 November 2021.


Next steps

We will use your feedback gathered through this public consultation to develop the next stage in the design of our proposals.


Exciting changes ahead for Dewsbury

Not only are these walking and cycling improvements being proposed, but there are also several other investment schemes in the town. The following all have inter-linked transport and highways elements:

  • Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) – including this project, with upgraded walking and cycling routes
  • West Yorkshire Transport Fund – Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds Corridor project
  • TCF work already successfully completed – links to, and facilities at, Dewsbury Rail Station
  • Active Travel Fund – funds part of the linkage between Calder Greenway and the Rail Station
  • Dewsbury ‘Town Fund’ – regeneration projects including highway access schemes
  • Kirklees Council Capital – regeneration projects and highway infrastructure schemes.

These projects and programmes are being developed on various timeframes and there is some overlap between the proposed schemes in each. The Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds project was put out to public consultation in summer 2020 and included proposals for some streets that have now been brought into the Dewsbury Town Centre Walking & Cycling Transforming Cities Fund project. These streets include:

  • Bond Street
  • Wellington Street
  • Grove Street
  • Church Street/ Westgate
  • Railway Street/ Longcauseway South

Each of these schemes received a majority support and constructive comments in the consultation exercise in 2020, however updated design proposals are now being re-consulted on as part of this TCF scheme.

The Dewsbury Town Centre Walking & Cycling TCF project also brings in some new proposals for the following streets and junctions:

  • South Street
  • Aldams Road/ Wilton Street Junction
  • Halifax Road/ Bradford Road/ Ring Road Junctions
  • Ring Road between Bradford Road and Leeds Road Junctions

Later in the year, a further public consultation on modified sections of the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds corridor project will also take place.

A wider implementation plan for Dewsbury town centre for the period 2022–2024 will be put together that brings together promoted schemes across the various funding programmes. Communications will be made on the outcomes of the consultation and implementation plans in due course.

Please note - this round of public consultation has now closed

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are proposing a series of travel improvements in Dewsbury town centre.

The ‘Dewsbury Town Centre Walking & Cycling Improvements’ project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme, which aims to help create a positive change in the way we travel across the region, providing an accessible, attractive, and cleaner alternative to car journeys. Please read all the information below and then complete the survey.


Background

This project aims to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport in Dewsbury and will help people make full use of the new planned investments at Dewsbury Bus Station and the Transpennine Rail route.

This project will also support the delivery of the ‘Dewsbury Blueprint’, which is a 10-year plan that seeks to regenerate the town and provide for future growth in the area. This project also aims to support the Strategic Development Framework and the Kirklees Local Plan.

The town is in the middle of an ambitious period of investment and regeneration that has already seen major successes, including the new Rail Station Forecourt and securing a £25m Town Deal. Dewsbury sits at the heart of the North Kirklees Growth Zone, a long-term regeneration initiative that will promote transformational change in areas such as housing, enterprise and education, among others.


Online Q&A webinars

We will be hosting three 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

Thursday 21 October 2021*

6-7pm

This event has taken place, please see video 'online Q&A event recording'

Tuesday 2 November 2021

2.30-3.30pm

Click here to watch the recording

Wednesday 3 November 2021

1-2pm

This event has taken place


*Please note, the first online Q&A event has been rearranged from Tuesday 19 October to Thursday 21 October 2021 - apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Our aims

This scheme aims to support all of the above regeneration plans in the following ways:

  1. Making it easier and safer for everyone to get to Dewsbury Bus and Rail stations on foot and by bike
  2. Encouraging businesses to move into the area and help regeneration and growth, by making it an attractive place to work (check out the Town Investment Plan)
  3. Making it easier and safer for more people to walk, cycle and use the bus in this area
  4. Supporting people to get to places of education and employment with low-cost travel choices
  5. Improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions from vehicles


Our proposals

  • New cycle lanes – including contra-flow cycle lanes (cycle lanes that allow cycles to travel in the opposite direction to the vehicles)
  • Widen footways
  • Upgrade pedestrian crossings and more space for pedestrians at major junctions across the ring road
  • New footways and cycle tracks
  • Traffic calming measures plus other measures to create a better public space
  • New landscaping areas and trees

Here is the list of the roads included in the proposals, with a brief outline of the changes that could be made in each area:

The proposals are open to public consultation from Thursday 7 October to Sunday 7 November 2021.

Your views and comments will remain anonymous and will be considered as we work to shape the selection and further detailed development of the proposals.


Find out more and have your say

Between Thursday 7 October 2021 and Sunday 7 November 2021, we are asking for your feedback on these 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 section of Dewsbury town centre, which have been uploaded in the ‘Our proposals’ section of this webpage. 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 sections 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 section, located under 'Our proposals'.

If you would like to contact us, please do so:

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.

This engagement will close on Sunday 7 November 2021.


Next steps

We will use your feedback gathered through this public consultation to develop the next stage in the design of our proposals.


Exciting changes ahead for Dewsbury

Not only are these walking and cycling improvements being proposed, but there are also several other investment schemes in the town. The following all have inter-linked transport and highways elements:

  • Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) – including this project, with upgraded walking and cycling routes
  • West Yorkshire Transport Fund – Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds Corridor project
  • TCF work already successfully completed – links to, and facilities at, Dewsbury Rail Station
  • Active Travel Fund – funds part of the linkage between Calder Greenway and the Rail Station
  • Dewsbury ‘Town Fund’ – regeneration projects including highway access schemes
  • Kirklees Council Capital – regeneration projects and highway infrastructure schemes.

These projects and programmes are being developed on various timeframes and there is some overlap between the proposed schemes in each. The Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds project was put out to public consultation in summer 2020 and included proposals for some streets that have now been brought into the Dewsbury Town Centre Walking & Cycling Transforming Cities Fund project. These streets include:

  • Bond Street
  • Wellington Street
  • Grove Street
  • Church Street/ Westgate
  • Railway Street/ Longcauseway South

Each of these schemes received a majority support and constructive comments in the consultation exercise in 2020, however updated design proposals are now being re-consulted on as part of this TCF scheme.

The Dewsbury Town Centre Walking & Cycling TCF project also brings in some new proposals for the following streets and junctions:

  • South Street
  • Aldams Road/ Wilton Street Junction
  • Halifax Road/ Bradford Road/ Ring Road Junctions
  • Ring Road between Bradford Road and Leeds Road Junctions

Later in the year, a further public consultation on modified sections of the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds corridor project will also take place.

A wider implementation plan for Dewsbury town centre for the period 2022–2024 will be put together that brings together promoted schemes across the various funding programmes. Communications will be made on the outcomes of the consultation and implementation plans in due course.

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