Halifax Bus Station Redevelopment

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Used by 15,000 people every day (pre COVID-19), 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.

What's Happening

Phase 1 of the construction works have started on 05 September 2021. Phase 2 is due to commence on 02 October 2021. The new bus station is estimated to reopen to the public in Summer 2023.

Temporary arrangements 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 (pre COVID-19), 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.

What's Happening

Phase 1 of the construction works have started on 05 September 2021. Phase 2 is due to commence on 02 October 2021. The new bus station is estimated to reopen to the public in Summer 2023.

Temporary arrangements 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 I cannot go to Halifax by bus for 2 years. This should be the priority, not restaurants, newsagents, etc. but a facility enabling the public to go to their town by bus & return by bus. Men in the main do not food shop, it is the elderly, infirm women who do with no access to a car boot. The young, healthy, & majority who never catch a bus but always travel in their cars, only have thought about creating a new & pretty project, however unnecessary & expensive. I used to go to Halifax by bus almost every day but have been unable to go since this project was started because it means walking uphill. Others say exactly the same thing, which is not good for the shop owners of Halifax. Only men, car owners, the young, & the totally healthy like the 2 year disruption & distress this is causing. The irony also being that most of the buses have been stopped anyway!

    LadyJane asked about 1 month ago

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority would like to apologise for any inconvenience that the current works at Halifax Bus Station places on bus users at this time. Unfortunately, during the construction period, it has been necessary to temporarily move around two-thirds of bus services out of the bus station to alternative existing town centre bus stops, to allow space for the contractor to build the new bus station. Many of these existing town centre bus stops are closer to the town centre shops than the bus station site. We have been working hard with our delivery partners, accessibility groups, bus operators and Calderdale Council to minimise this disruption as much as possible throughout the construction period which is expected to complete in Summer 2023.

    We have been successful in securing funding from Central Government through the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver a truly transformational bus station at Halifax which tackles the challenges which existed with the old bus station. The aim of the Halifax Bus Station project is to make bus travel easy, better integrated with other modes and accessible for everyone. The new bus station will be a fully sheltered facility with level access and boarding onto bus and coach services. For the added convenience to bus station users, the new bus station will accommodate improved seating, travel information and ticketing services, including a staffed-travel desk, enhanced toilet facilities, including a Changing Places room, and retail and catering units.     

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    I am a little bit disappointed that there is no public convenience on the building site for the new bus station for the public to use, the majority of people can not walk to sainsburys or mark's and spencers would it be viable to have some portable toilets. I have been a resident of Halifax my whole life and this just outrageous, so people are having accidents!

    C.m asked 2 months ago

    The Halifax Bus Station project team recognize the inconvenience the closure of the public toilets at the bus station places on bus users during this current construction phase. This has been necessitated by the current construction phase which will see the biggest change on the site with the demolition of the old bus station and the construction of the new bus station concourse building. The Combined Authority have explored opportunities for alternative toilet provision on or around site to mitigate this inconvenience. Unfortunately, no suitable locations for temporary toilet provisions could be found either on site or nearby on the highway. The reasons being that the area in very constrained in terms of space and the need to retain access for the high levels of pedestrian and vehicular movement, particularly around Wade Street, Winding Road and Northgate. The existing site management compound and cabin are currently utilising a large area of the site and highway space which further limits the options. There are also challenges concerning the effective management, maintenance and security of such temporary provision, particularly if the temporary toilets were remotely located away from the temporary Customer Care and Travel Centre cabins on Winding Road (next to the Sainsbury’s crossing). Once construction is complete, the new bus station will feature enhanced toilet provision, including a free-to-use disabled toilet and a Changing Places facility for the convenience of bus station users.   

     

    In the meantime, we have been working very closely with Calderdale Council to identify suitable alternative public conveniences around the town centre. The public conveniences on Albion Street were identified as the most suitable alternative, and steps have been taken to extend the opening hours of these services to 06.00 – 18.00, which are controlled with automatic locks.

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    Will the new bus rail interchange start as soon as the Halifax Bus Station is finished. Also will the bus station feature a Greggs like Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield?

    Dinal asked 4 months ago

    Interchange between bus and rail will be improved by supplying real-time information for rail services within the new Halifax bus station. Calderdale Council is developing other projects that will improve bus and rail interchange. For example, as part of the A629 Phase 2 - Halifax Town Centre project, a bus-rail interchange will be introduced near the train station in the form of new on-street bus stops, and the Halifax Rail Station Gateway project will significantly improve connectivity to this interchange via a new striking pedestrian footbridge. This will allow for better onward connectivity with the new bus station. Both of these schemes are currently expected to commence construction in early 2023, during the ongoing construction of the new Halifax Bus Station which is expected to complete in the Summer 2023.  Please see www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects for more information on all of these projects and the very latest milestones.

    The new Halifax bus station will have a Travel Centre, a newsagent, and space for a café outlet.

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    Why are Metro splashing the cash on this vanity project, society changed with Covid 19 with the Polical Classes taking cash away to save London. Halifax need to spend cash on Jobs and education for the jobless and poor who have no say in the spending stunts, fit a pattern most of Calderdale has been sold away to people with questionable cash taking away public buildings and services to support vanity projects in Halifax time to stop pulling two fingers up at the poor and jobless who have no day, UK does not look after its own

    JOBLESS asked 4 months ago

    Halifax Bus Station is in need of investment to refurbish the current services and condition of the bus station, which hasn’t received any major investment since the late 1980s. It is also needed to address several challenges which exist at the current facility.

    Money for the scheme is coming from the Transforming Cities Fund, which is a Central Government fund from the Department for Transport aimed exclusively at growing sustainable transport and reducing carbon emissions from transport. As this funding is from the Department for Transport, it can only be invested into sustainable transport improvements such as bus stations, rather than employment and education initiatives. West Yorkshire Combined Authority, together with its strategic partners including Calderdale Council, actively pursue other funding opportunities from within Central Government or the private sector to invest in boosting skills, employment and education across the Leeds City Region as part of realising our Strategic Economic Framework vision and objectives.  

     The Halifax Bus Station scheme is not being funded by local council taxes generated by Calderdale Council. 

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    who can we talk to regarding improving bus service and safety for women? We are Siddal Women's institute

    Amanda Rosewell asked 8 months ago

    In terms of a response, the Combined Authority has recently published its Bus Service Improvement Plan West Yorkshire (BSIP) which sets out our proposals for bus in West Yorkshire. We are currently waiting to hear about our funding settlement from the Department for Transport. 

    In the new year we will be holding a series of opportunities to discuss thoughts on a number of aspects of bus in West Yorkshire, including making sure the bus is safe and inclusive for all.

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    Apparently, there is going to be a Bus Rail Interchange featuring on street bus stops. Will they be similar to the on street bus stops at Leeds featuring poles with real time display. Will they be separate bus stops or one long bus stop like Corn Exchange and Infirmary Street.

    Busmanpro asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for you query. The ‘bus rail interchange’ is part ‘Eastern Gateway’ proposals of the A629 Phase 2 project, which Calderdale Council are delivering in Halifax town centre. The rail bus interchange will take the form of on-street bus stops on Alfred Street East, rather than a bespoke building. These bus stops will feature the bus shelters, poles and flags, bus timetable information, and Real Time Information (RTI) displays.

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    I am confused to when the bus station is starting and ending construction some say it is starting in 2021 and ending in 2022 and some say it is starting in 2022 and ending in 2023. If we have to wait that long it's appalling.

    Busmanpro asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for you query. We plan to start construction work this Summer 2021 and to complete construction early 2023. The plans are to demolish the actual bus station and redevelop the site, offering a fully enclosed bus concourse area, providing safer and improved passenger facilities.  

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    When will you provide information about which bus stands each buses depart from and when will you end an start construction?

    Busmanpro asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for you query. We are working with the bus operators in Halifax and Calderdale Council for the changes to the bus services. In advance of construction, we will publicise details of temporary arrangements to minimise the impact of any disruption. We are planning to publicise the details this Spring 2021. Construction is expected to start this Summer 2021 and be completed early 2023.

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    Why can't we have an interchange with bus and trans in the same place.There is plenty of space where the train station is.Must towns these days have trains and buses together.Why are we different.Its more convenient for passengers.

    John Sutcliffe asked over 1 year 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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    Why is the bus station not being co-located with the train station e.g. like Bradford Interchange?

    Alfred Walsh asked almost 2 years 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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