Halifax Bus Station Redevelopment

We would like to know what you think of our plans for the redevelopment of Halifax Bus Station.

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

  • Take part in our survey by using the link below
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tool below



Please contact us if you would like any information in large print or braille format.

This engagement will close on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

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

Feedback will be analysed following this engagement. The feedback will be used to amend the plans where possible.


Contact Us

We would like to know what you think of our plans for the redevelopment of Halifax Bus Station.

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

  • Take part in our survey by using the link below
  • Ask us a question using the Q&A tool below



Please contact us if you would like any information in large print or braille format.

This engagement will close on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

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

Feedback will be analysed following this engagement. The feedback will be used to amend the plans where possible.


Contact Us

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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 5 days 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.
  • 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 10 days 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.

  • 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 days 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. 

  • 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 10 days 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.

  • 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 10 days 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

  • 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 14 days 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.