Halifax Bus Station Redevelopment

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Used by 15,000 people every day, Halifax Bus Station is a key gateway for people arriving in the town centre.

Developed with Calderdale Council, our proposals aim to deliver a modern fit for purpose facility that complements the surrounding heritage, public realm and urban fabric of Halifax town centre. Built on the same site as the existing bus station, the redevelopment will significantly improve safety, comfort, connectivity and accessibility for bus station users and local people.

The redeveloped bus station will be an important transport hub and gateway into Halifax town centre, providing key connections for residents, visitors, students and workers to access employment, education, leisure and other essential services.

Consultation feedback

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our public consultation earlier this year. Your feedback has been extremely valuable in helping to shape our plans.

We received 237 responses to the consultation, which ran between January and February 2020. Following the consultation close, we analysed and considered all of the feedback received and included it in the Statement of Community Involvement as part of the planning application.

We have also produced a summary of the consultation, the responses received and our responses, which you can review by clicking here [external link – opens in a new window].

The proposals

The proposals, which aim to deliver significant benefits for passengers, staff and local people, include:

  • A bus station that can accommodate the predicted growth in travel in Halifax.
  • Separation of bus and passenger movements to improve safety.
  • A new single fully enclosed passenger concourse, with easy interchange between bus services, a safe and secure waiting environment, and level walking routes for all users.
  • Better connectivity to key destinations across the town centre, such as Trinity Sixth Form Centre, Dean Clough, Woolshops and Piece Hall.
  • Increased retail and commercial provision to help to improve the passenger experience.
  • Provision of improved real-time information, including rail services, to better integrate these modes of travel.
  • An ‘electric bus station’ that will allow the introduction of electric buses.
  • A harmonious modern building design that integrates well into the surrounding heritage assets and public realm

The proposals and details of the improvements can be  downloaded here.

Keep in touch

Although the consultation period for this project is now closed, you are still able to ask a question using the Q&A tool below.

You can also use the 'stay informed' tool to sign up to our mailing list for updates on the development of this project.

Additionally, you can register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.

Next steps

The planning application was submitted to Calderdale Council in July 2020. If our application is approved, we will finalise the details of the design and develop our plans for the operation of the bus station and associated bus services during construction, which is anticipated to begin in Summer 2021. A decision on the application is anticipated in Autumn 2020.

In advance of construction, we will publicise details of temporary arrangements to minimise the impact of any disruption. Temporary arrangements will include using existing town centre bus stops or, where this is not possible, providing temporary bus stops near the bus station. Works will be coordinated with Calderdale Council’s A629 Halifax Town Centre project and it is intended that Market Street will remain open until after the Bus Station redevelopment is complete.

We will continue to update this webpage as the project progresses.

Used by 15,000 people every day, Halifax Bus Station is a key gateway for people arriving in the town centre.

Developed with Calderdale Council, our proposals aim to deliver a modern fit for purpose facility that complements the surrounding heritage, public realm and urban fabric of Halifax town centre. Built on the same site as the existing bus station, the redevelopment will significantly improve safety, comfort, connectivity and accessibility for bus station users and local people.

The redeveloped bus station will be an important transport hub and gateway into Halifax town centre, providing key connections for residents, visitors, students and workers to access employment, education, leisure and other essential services.

Consultation feedback

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in our public consultation earlier this year. Your feedback has been extremely valuable in helping to shape our plans.

We received 237 responses to the consultation, which ran between January and February 2020. Following the consultation close, we analysed and considered all of the feedback received and included it in the Statement of Community Involvement as part of the planning application.

We have also produced a summary of the consultation, the responses received and our responses, which you can review by clicking here [external link – opens in a new window].

The proposals

The proposals, which aim to deliver significant benefits for passengers, staff and local people, include:

  • A bus station that can accommodate the predicted growth in travel in Halifax.
  • Separation of bus and passenger movements to improve safety.
  • A new single fully enclosed passenger concourse, with easy interchange between bus services, a safe and secure waiting environment, and level walking routes for all users.
  • Better connectivity to key destinations across the town centre, such as Trinity Sixth Form Centre, Dean Clough, Woolshops and Piece Hall.
  • Increased retail and commercial provision to help to improve the passenger experience.
  • Provision of improved real-time information, including rail services, to better integrate these modes of travel.
  • An ‘electric bus station’ that will allow the introduction of electric buses.
  • A harmonious modern building design that integrates well into the surrounding heritage assets and public realm

The proposals and details of the improvements can be  downloaded here.

Keep in touch

Although the consultation period for this project is now closed, you are still able to ask a question using the Q&A tool below.

You can also use the 'stay informed' tool to sign up to our mailing list for updates on the development of this project.

Additionally, you can register to be added to the Your Voice community where you will receive information on opportunities to have your say on a variety of projects.

Next steps

The planning application was submitted to Calderdale Council in July 2020. If our application is approved, we will finalise the details of the design and develop our plans for the operation of the bus station and associated bus services during construction, which is anticipated to begin in Summer 2021. A decision on the application is anticipated in Autumn 2020.

In advance of construction, we will publicise details of temporary arrangements to minimise the impact of any disruption. Temporary arrangements will include using existing town centre bus stops or, where this is not possible, providing temporary bus stops near the bus station. Works will be coordinated with Calderdale Council’s A629 Halifax Town Centre project and it is intended that Market Street will remain open until after the Bus Station redevelopment is complete.

We will continue to update this webpage as the project progresses.

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    Why is the bus station not being co-located with the train station e.g. like Bradford Interchange?

    Alfred Walsh asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your query. A bespoke off-road rail bus interchange building was originally considered by Calderdale Council during the early stages of the A629 Halifax town centre project, but was ruled out in light of feedback received from key stakeholders and bus operators. The rail-bus interchange will now be in the form of high quality on-street bus stops opposite Halifax Rail Station.

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    Will the toilet's be free?

    Busmanpro asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your query. High quality toilets will be provided within the new bus station. These will be accessible through a coin operated turnstile & access entry system, similar to those in Leeds and Castleford bus stations. This system will help to deter antisocial behaviour within the toilets and generate an income which will be used to maintain the bus station facilities. An accessible toilet and changing places facility which will both be free of charge will also be provided in the new bus station.

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    Which buses will depart from which stand?

    Busmanpro asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your query. At present we do not have this level of detail. We have tested the plans for the new bus station to ensure that it can operate efficiently with the current bus services, and allow for growth. As the bus station will not open until 2023, and bus service patterns may change by that time, it is not appropriate to decide which buses will depart form which stand at this time.

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    I use the bus station frequently for work, as I travel from Mytholmroyd to Stainland every day. During the winter it is cold. Will the new bus station be heated in some way, hopefully using renewable enrgy sources?

    DavidH asked 9 months ago
    The project aims to deliver a transformational bus station which is fully enclosed, well lit and more pleasant for bus station users to use compared to the existing bus station. The proposed Halifax bus station design by its nature will be self-heated like our other bus stations and will incorporate certain features which maximise insulation within the building, such as high quality glazing and ventilation controls.
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    Hello, I can’t find any information about improving the connection with the railway station. It seems like a missed opportunity to co-locate bus and rail so that people can connect from one to the other. Halifax is good at getting people from the station to the Piece Hall - what about between the bus and rail stations? Currently we see a lot of people getting taxis or being picked up on the railway station forecourt which seems like a lot of cars on the roads and a missed audience for bus companies. Thanks!

    B Kubitz asked 9 months ago

    The Halifax Bus Station project will introduce the following connectivity improvements to Halifax Rail Station: 
    • The project will deliver a new pedestrian entrance through the Sion Chapel that will connect to an improved level pedestrian route via Woolpack to the Wool Shops, allowing access through the Piece Hall and onto the rail station, via the Eastern Gateway.
    • The public realm from the entrance to Wade Street and the bus station will also be improved, which will improve the Wade Street/Winding Road route between the bus station and rail station.
    • New signage to the rail station will be introduced at the bus station.
    • Connectivity between rail and bus will be further complemented by the provision of real time rail information displays within the redeveloped bus station. 
    The A629 Halifax Town Centre project which is being developed by Calderdale Council will introduce the following connectivity improvements between the two stations: 

    • As part of the bus loop proposals there will be frequent buses serving the rail station and continuing onto the bus station, via the proposed bus stops on Alfred Street East (adjacent to the Hughes Corporation building) and Horton Street, as buses re-route to follow the bus loop. However, the number of buses travelling from the bus station to the rail station are expected to be lower given the anti-clockwise routing pattern which buses will take around the town centre. West Yorkshire Combined Authority will continue to work with bus operators to maximise the bi-directional connectivity of the two stations.
    • The Market Street/Horton Street route will be improved by the pedestrianisation of Market Street.
    • Past the point of the entrance to the Wool Shops car park, an enforced bus gate will be introduced on Charles Street between the junctions of Causeway and King Street. This means that the number of vehicles passing through Winding Road/Smithy Street outside of Gaol Street will be reduced to town centre access, with through traffic taking a separate route.

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    Will there be a warm cafe, seating, toilets etc, as there should be in a civilised country. Even the old bus station situated above what was the Odeon cinema had a good cafe that provided hot meals.

    Leonard Elliott asked 9 months ago

    Yes, the new bus station design will incorporate high quality welcoming facilities which will include toilets, a newsagent and café.   

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    1. Will there be (free) toilets included within the new bus station. 2. Will SECURE Cycle parking be provided?

    Andrich asked 9 months ago
    High quality toilets will be provided within the new bus station. These will be accessible through a coin operated turnstile & access entry system, similar to those in Leeds and Castleford bus stations. This system will help to deter antisocial behaviour within the toilets and generate an income which will be used to maintain the bus station facilities. An accessible toilet and changing places facility which will both be free of charge will also be provided in the new bus station.

    Secure cycle parking will be provided in the new bus station.
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    Thank you for your reply to my question on bus station users. For clarification would a person who arrives on a bus and leaves the bus station then departs on a bus later in the day be counted as one user or two users? Would a person who arrives on a bus and catches another bus without leaving the bus station even be counted as a user? I walk through the bus station on my way to Sainsbury's, would I be counted as a user both coming in and again going out and again when I return making a possible four users? It seems impossible to me for an accurate figure to be arrived at. Frankly I simply do not believe that a daily average of 15,000 individual people use the bus station. Many people use the bus stops around town which are much more convenient.

    cdwnorland asked 9 months ago
    Past surveys which have been undertaken at Halifax bus station to gauge daily usage are based on observed footfall movements, rather than the movements of individual bus station users. These are typically collected over a 12-hour period (07.00 – 19.00) at the entry points into Halifax bus station which record observed entry and exit movements. The Combined Authority supplements footfall counts with bus patronage data which is kindly supplied to us by our bus operator partners. Combined this data helps to give us with an estimate of total bus station usage across our bus stations. The supporting bus patronage data will also help us to capture bus-to-bus movements within bus stations which may not otherwise be captured through counts undertaken on the entry points.
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    Why not redevelop the site for retail and use the Timeform/Ex-Dews garage site for a new bus station? That way extra retail and a bus station could be delivered for Halifax.

    Djhx3 asked 9 months ago
    Compared to the Transform/Ex Dews garage site, the current bus station location offers better convenience and connectivity for bus users to key places of interest within the town centre including the new Sixth Form College, Wool Shops, Piece Hall, Halifax Borough Market and Market Street. Opportunities and schemes which deliver further commercial and retail development across Halifax town centre are currently being explored by Calderdale Council as part of the delivery of the Halifax Town Centre Delivery Plan. It is worth noting that as part of the conditions of the Government’s Transforming Cities Funding, which is being sought to fund the delivery of the Halifax bus station project, all projects within the bid need to be completed by March 2023. This deadline therefore precludes any opportunities for investigating alternative locations around Halifax town centre for a new bus station, and undertaking the necessary early scheme development and design work.
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    What provisions are in place for travel to Halifax should this development go in to the building stage?

    Matthew Fearnley asked 9 months ago
    The Combined Authority are currently working with Calderdale Council’s Highways and Network Management teams to develop plans for temporary bus station accommodation, bus user facilities and on-street bus stop provision to be put in place during the construction period of the new bus station at Halifax. These temporary work plans will be further coordinated and finalised with input from our bus operator partners once the necessary Transforming Cities funding from Government is secured. These will also be supported by a comprehensive communication strategy which will keep bus users, local stakeholders and members of public informed of the temporary arrangements and changes to bus services during the works.