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.


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.


Have your say

The consultation period for this project is now closed and so you are no longer able to leave feedback on our proposals.

However, 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

All feedback collected during the consultation period is currently being analysed and considered and will be used to amend our proposals wherever possible.

A summary of the key findings provided within the feedback received will be shared in the Statement of Community Involvement, a document which will be available for the public to view once it is submitted to Calderdale Council alongside the planning application and other supporting documents in Spring 2020.

More details on the progress of our proposals will be shared on this page in due course.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the consultation process, please get in contact using the details below.

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.


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.


Have your say

The consultation period for this project is now closed and so you are no longer able to leave feedback on our proposals.

However, 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

All feedback collected during the consultation period is currently being analysed and considered and will be used to amend our proposals wherever possible.

A summary of the key findings provided within the feedback received will be shared in the Statement of Community Involvement, a document which will be available for the public to view once it is submitted to Calderdale Council alongside the planning application and other supporting documents in Spring 2020.

More details on the progress of our proposals will be shared on this page in due course.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the consultation process, please get in contact using the details below.

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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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.
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    How can we access the bus station safely

    Aysgarth1 asked 6 months ago
    The pedestrian entry points into Halifax bus station will link onto busy, safe walking routes used by bus users, and which better connect with nearby places of interest within the town centre such as Wool Shops and Dean Clough. The proposed design includes four entrances: 1) a south west entrance onto Wade Street which faces in the direction of Market Street; 2) a new southern entrance through the Zion Chapel building which faces in the direction of Woolpack for onward journeys to Wool Shops and The Piece Hall; 3) a new eastern side entrance to provide connectivity with Winding Road and Sainsburys; and 4) a northern entrance which will feature a zebra crossing within the bus station site for connections to places to the north of the town centre such as Dean Clough.
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    In relation to an earlier question asked by ‘Straysider’ you have stated in response "As part of Calderdale Council's A629 Halifax Town Centre project, a bus-rail interchange will be introduced near the rail station", is this bus rail interchange an actual interchange like the 5 stand facility that was previously proposed in 2016 and showcased at the public consultation event held on the 23rd May 2016 at the Halifax Minster into the ‘Halifax Town Centre project’. https://www.flickr.com/photos/146353097@N07/albums/72157712775555882

    michael bradley asked 6 months ago
    The rail-bus interchange which is proposed as part of the A629 Halifax town centre project will now be in the form of high quality on-street bus stops opposite Halifax Rail Station. 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 favour of on-street bus stop facilities. This was in light of feedback received from key stakeholders and bus operators.
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    Will this new bas station be a closed building or open hall? Will this have a prayer room?

    Kamran Arif asked 6 months ago
    The new bus station will be a fully enclosed concourse building which will feature automatic doors at the entrances and at each of the bus stands, similar to other bus stations in West Yorkshire such as Castleford Bus Station. The proposed Halifax bus station design does not currently include a prayer room. However, this suggestion will be considered by the design team.
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    I am concerned as to how you arrived at the figure of 15,000 users for the bus station. I asked one of your representatives at the meeting at Halifax town hall but he was unable to give me an explanation as to how it is calculated and who is included in it. It seems very high to me and makes me wonder if it has been inflated to justify the high level of expenditure. Please let me have an explanation of the number and the contact details for the financial backers of the project to ensure they also investigate it.

    cdwnorland asked 6 months ago
    The number of reported daily users at Halifax bus station has not been inflated. It is based on typical observations and commissioned counts at the pedestrian entry points into Halifax bus station which have used standard industry data collection methods. It is worth noting that this represents a combination of both bus users and non-bus users (i.e. those only using the facilities within the bus station such as the Travel Centre, newsagent and toilets and not making an onward journey by bus). The proposal for the new bus station in Halifax is part of a competitive bid for Transforming Cities Funding from the Department for Transport who are currently reviewing all of the material and supporting data within the bid.
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    The bus companies are all in private ownership and legislation was passed a few years ago to actively prevent bus ownership from coming back under local government control. Will taxpayer funds be used simply to create a benefit for private companies to enjoy? I'm concerned to ensure that the bus station does not become a white elephant and that there will still be sufficient public transport services once it is complete to make it a worthwhile development for the area. For instance, if the private bus company does not wish to run a particular route or makes it so infrequent as to be fairly useless in practice, does the council have any leverage in this respect? Bus services have just been cut from my local bus timetable, and it's difficult to see how this squares with the "predicted growth in travel" (can you cite the source please?) mentioned in your proposal. NB "Travel" is not necessarily the same as "public transport". Finally, given that there are so many empty retail outlets all around Halifax, is it either necessary or advisable to create further retail space in the proposed bus station?

    capnpookie asked 6 months ago

    The West Yorkshire Transport Strategy sets out a number of actions to that seek to grow bus patronage over the coming years. There are many developments taking place in Halifax, such as the new 6th form college adjacent to the bus station, that are likely to increase bus use. It is hoped that the new bus station will help to grow patronage across Halifax by creating a more attractive environment for passengers. More passengers travelling will make services more commercially viable which we hope will lead to additional services and enhanced frequencies.

    Whilst we appreciate your concerns regarding the retail spaces, our property advisors have confirmed that we are providing an attractive opportunity for newsagent and café.

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    As others have mentioned. A clearer idea of how the Bus Station is supposed to look in conjunction with other nearby buildings would be better than the 3D model which looking at is hard to visualise. Could there be at least names of buildings and nearby roads. My other concerns is why there is the need for more retail businesses. There are already far too many empty shops in the town and Market. The Market in particular is now looking in a sorry state with the amount of empty stalls in it.

    NigelW asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your comments which will be considered in the development of future visualisations. 

    Whilst we appreciate your concerns regarding the retail spaces, our property advisors have confirmed that we are providing an attractive opportunity for newsagent and café. 

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    Having a new bus station is purely a vanity project. A refurbished and safer bus station, which would be much cheaper (approx £10m less!) should be the way forward, and focus spending money on improving bus services and corridors to the North and East of the Borough. Why is a nice terminal being pursued when the important thing is better journeys to and from it? I can only assume this is to reduce liabilities to the Combined Authority as the owner and not to actually offer better public transport to residents. If we cant get this right there is no need for an improved bus station as bus patronage will continue to decline and no-one will be using the new bus station. Providing a visualisation of the bus station from Horton Street/Broad Street, where 95% of users will access it from would be much more useful than imagery from Jail Lane/Sainsbury's side.

    Anonomous asked 6 months ago

    The Combined Authority is working with bus operators with the aim of improving all elements of the bus journey. Key objectives of this project are to make travel by bus more attractive, improve customer safety and security, and to allow access for all. The existing bus station does not meet modern standards, does not provide a welcoming environment, and can make it difficult for some members of the public to travel by bus.

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    Not really a question- more of an observation- Quickly looking through the initial proposals for consultation- I have no idea where the scheme is proposed- perhaps a simple site plan would of achieved a great deal rather than the expensive 3D modelling to Woo the customers. One also assumes the new development will be linked somehow to the railway station- Transport Hub! or would this not be common sense!

    Simon asked 6 months ago

    The proposed new bus station would be built on the site of the existing bus station. Calderdale Council is seeking to improve the link between the bus and rail stations as a part of their A629 Phase 2 (town centre) project. Architects now use 3D models routinely as part of their design process, and the images presented have not been commissioned separately

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    The railway station ( due to also be improved) is not mentioned. This is the key bit of 'connectivity' missing from the bus station proposals. Surely the WY team has some plans to overcome the severe dislocation between the two main transport modes? What are the plans to rectify this dislocation?

    Straysider asked 6 months ago

    Interchange between bus and rail will be improved by providing real-time information for rail services within the bus station.  As part of Calderdale Council's A629 Halifax Town Centre project, a bus-rail interchange will be introduced near the rail station, where buses will stop and travel directly to the bus station as part of the town centre 'bus box' (bus route loop around the town centre). See www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects for more information.