Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (M2D2L) Transport Scheme

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We're improving the route from Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds. Last year we consulted on phase 1 of the designs. Since then, the designs have been updated to reflect feedback and new cycling guidelines. We want to know what you think!

It will help you take part if you read all of the information we have provided first. That way, you are up to date about the design plans. When you're ready, please complete our survey

If you need to refresh your memory about our phase 1 consultation you can find more information here.




Background

Kirklees Council and Leeds City Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, are progressing a scheme for the A644 and A653 routes between Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds. The scheme aims to improve travel opportunities, reliability and the local environment.

The scheme will help to promote access to jobs, education and services, and improvements in public health. It includes new cycle tracks, new pedestrian crossings and footway improvements, bus lanes and bus super-stops (upgraded bus stops), junction upgrades, and other highway space adjustments.

The roads in question are key transport routes through areas of north Kirklees and south Leeds that are the focus of significant planned housing and economic growth over the next 10-15 years. Proposals for several major development sites are being worked up which will be brought forward and built at different speeds. It is important to recognise that proposals which form part of this M2D2L project represent one component of a longer-term programme of transport investment into the area that will include:

  • Changes to road junctions to provide access to new development sites, often in phases
  • Investment into the Transpennine rail network and stations. For example, through the Transpennine Route upgrade
  • Upgrades to Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury stations and on the railway lines
  • Creation of a new station at the White Rose in Leeds
  • Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects, particularly in and around Dewsbury
  • Assessment of strategic highway scheme options in North Kirklees to relieve pressure on existing roads and communities, and to support growth.


Why are we consulting again?

Phase 1 of the consultation was undertaken in 2020, it showed that the majority of respondents supported the proposals. However, a key concern voiced was that the outline designs did not take into consideration emerging national cycling guidance (LTN 1/20). This guidance is now established and has been taken into consideration along with other key concerns voiced within the consultation to produce updated outline drawings along sections of the M2D2L. This consultation is an opportunity to comment on the updated proposals.




Please tell us what you think about our plans!

Between 9th November 2021 and 7th December 2021, we are asking for your feedback on the updated designs. Your views are important as we shape designs, so please take this opportunity to let us know what you think in our online survey:

Click to fill in the survey


If you have any issues accessing the survey, would prefer a printed version, need help to take part in another language and do not have anyone to support you, please call Metro Line on 0113 245 7676.

You can also ask us a question using the Questions button at the bottom of this page.

Online Q&A webinar:

As part of this consultation we will be hosting an online Q&A webinar 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.

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

Recording details

Thursday 18th November

17:00 – 18:00

Watch the recording here


More information

Can you tell me a bit more about LTN 1/20?

The Local Transport Note 1/20, Cycle Infrastructure Design (July 2020) sets out the Government’s ambitious plan for cycling. It provides recommendations on cycling infrastructure design which aim to make cycling networks coherent, direct, safe, comfortable and attractive.

Recommendations within LTN 1/20 have been followed where feasible for M2D2L enabling updated drawings.

A link to LTN 1/20 can be found here:

Cycle infrastructure design (LTN 1/20) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Has there been any changes on what the M2D2L will deliver?

All the schemes featured in the 2020 consultation have merit and the consultation told us that you support the schemes. However, due to funding constraints not all schemes proposed at the consultation in 2020 can be delivered. We have gone through a sifting process to fit the available funding envelope based on value for money, policy fit, environmental impact and feedback from the consultation.

This has led to the following not being funded by the M2D2L:

  • Dewsbury town centre: Church Street improvements and Longcauseway / Railway Street improvements. This will instead be funded by the Transforming Cities Fund.
  • Tingley to White Rose: Northbound bus lane and the shared pedestrian cycle path between White Rose and Capital Park. We must stress that alternative funding for this will be sought to enable it to be delivered.


Next Steps

Your views expressed within this consultation (between 9th November and 7th December 2021) will be analysed to help steer the design moving forward.

The proposals will form a £13 million scheme. The scheme is to be funded with £12.5 million through the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund and £500,000 Section 106 funding. Subject to the 2021 consultation feedback, development of the preliminary and detailed design, the final scheme could be onsite late-2022.

Information here will be updated as the scheme progresses.


Contact us

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

We're improving the route from Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds. Last year we consulted on phase 1 of the designs. Since then, the designs have been updated to reflect feedback and new cycling guidelines. We want to know what you think!

It will help you take part if you read all of the information we have provided first. That way, you are up to date about the design plans. When you're ready, please complete our survey

If you need to refresh your memory about our phase 1 consultation you can find more information here.




Background

Kirklees Council and Leeds City Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, are progressing a scheme for the A644 and A653 routes between Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds. The scheme aims to improve travel opportunities, reliability and the local environment.

The scheme will help to promote access to jobs, education and services, and improvements in public health. It includes new cycle tracks, new pedestrian crossings and footway improvements, bus lanes and bus super-stops (upgraded bus stops), junction upgrades, and other highway space adjustments.

The roads in question are key transport routes through areas of north Kirklees and south Leeds that are the focus of significant planned housing and economic growth over the next 10-15 years. Proposals for several major development sites are being worked up which will be brought forward and built at different speeds. It is important to recognise that proposals which form part of this M2D2L project represent one component of a longer-term programme of transport investment into the area that will include:

  • Changes to road junctions to provide access to new development sites, often in phases
  • Investment into the Transpennine rail network and stations. For example, through the Transpennine Route upgrade
  • Upgrades to Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury stations and on the railway lines
  • Creation of a new station at the White Rose in Leeds
  • Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects, particularly in and around Dewsbury
  • Assessment of strategic highway scheme options in North Kirklees to relieve pressure on existing roads and communities, and to support growth.


Why are we consulting again?

Phase 1 of the consultation was undertaken in 2020, it showed that the majority of respondents supported the proposals. However, a key concern voiced was that the outline designs did not take into consideration emerging national cycling guidance (LTN 1/20). This guidance is now established and has been taken into consideration along with other key concerns voiced within the consultation to produce updated outline drawings along sections of the M2D2L. This consultation is an opportunity to comment on the updated proposals.




Please tell us what you think about our plans!

Between 9th November 2021 and 7th December 2021, we are asking for your feedback on the updated designs. Your views are important as we shape designs, so please take this opportunity to let us know what you think in our online survey:

Click to fill in the survey


If you have any issues accessing the survey, would prefer a printed version, need help to take part in another language and do not have anyone to support you, please call Metro Line on 0113 245 7676.

You can also ask us a question using the Questions button at the bottom of this page.

Online Q&A webinar:

As part of this consultation we will be hosting an online Q&A webinar 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.

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

Recording details

Thursday 18th November

17:00 – 18:00

Watch the recording here


More information

Can you tell me a bit more about LTN 1/20?

The Local Transport Note 1/20, Cycle Infrastructure Design (July 2020) sets out the Government’s ambitious plan for cycling. It provides recommendations on cycling infrastructure design which aim to make cycling networks coherent, direct, safe, comfortable and attractive.

Recommendations within LTN 1/20 have been followed where feasible for M2D2L enabling updated drawings.

A link to LTN 1/20 can be found here:

Cycle infrastructure design (LTN 1/20) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Has there been any changes on what the M2D2L will deliver?

All the schemes featured in the 2020 consultation have merit and the consultation told us that you support the schemes. However, due to funding constraints not all schemes proposed at the consultation in 2020 can be delivered. We have gone through a sifting process to fit the available funding envelope based on value for money, policy fit, environmental impact and feedback from the consultation.

This has led to the following not being funded by the M2D2L:

  • Dewsbury town centre: Church Street improvements and Longcauseway / Railway Street improvements. This will instead be funded by the Transforming Cities Fund.
  • Tingley to White Rose: Northbound bus lane and the shared pedestrian cycle path between White Rose and Capital Park. We must stress that alternative funding for this will be sought to enable it to be delivered.


Next Steps

Your views expressed within this consultation (between 9th November and 7th December 2021) will be analysed to help steer the design moving forward.

The proposals will form a £13 million scheme. The scheme is to be funded with £12.5 million through the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund and £500,000 Section 106 funding. Subject to the 2021 consultation feedback, development of the preliminary and detailed design, the final scheme could be onsite late-2022.

Information here will be updated as the scheme progresses.


Contact us

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

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    I cannot find anything about how disabled people's, including disabled cyclists needs have been embedded in these transport plans and changes

    Syl asked 15 days ago

    Thank you for your query regarding Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (M2D2L). As part of this consultation we are seeking feedback on the proposals including from disabled people and disabled cyclists to ensure the proposals meet the needs of all users.  Our plans have been updated to recent national design guidance LTN1/20 which details requirements for cycle infrastructure including meeting the needs of disabled cyclists.

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    When is the work expected to start and how long for please

    Shana Rhodes asked 18 days ago

    Thank you for your query regarding Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (M2D2L). Works are expected to be onsite in late 2022 and would be delivered over 18 months.  All roadworks will be carefully planned and managed to mitigate any disruption.

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