Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (M2D2L) Transport Scheme Consultation

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Background

Kirklees Council and Leeds City Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, are developing an initial scheme for the A644 and A653 routes between Mirfield – Dewsbury – Leeds, that 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 and 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.

We would like to hear your views on the proposed improvements and would particularly like your feedback on the proposals to:

  • Improve walking and cycling facilities
  • Enhance bus lanes and facilities to improve bus reliability
  • Upgrade junctions to improve congestion
  • Improve landscaping
  • Improve air quality

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 and will be brought forward / built at different speeds. It is important to recognise that the proposals being consulted on now for the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds (Phase 1) project represent one stage of a longer term programme of transport investment into the area that will include:

  • Alterations 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
  • Upgrades at Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury stations and on the railway lines
  • Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects, particularly in and around Dewsbury (projects for
    Dewsbury Bus Station and Halifax Rd-Bradford Rd-Ring Road Junction will be publicly consulted
    on in winter 2020/spring 2021 as part of the TCF programme). For more information
    click here (open in a new tab)
  • Future phases of the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds scheme, subject to new funding
  • Exploration and assessment of strategic highway scheme options in North Kirklees to relieve
    pressure on existing roads and communities, and to support growth


Have your say

We would like to invite you to provide feedback on our proposals for the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds Route via our online survey:

Before you complete the survey, it is recommended that you click the documents tab to view the plans for this scheme,which have been divided into the following sections:

This survey will close at midnight on 25 September 2020.


Next steps

This consultation will help inform which proposals form the proposed £13 million scheme, which is to be funded with £12.5 million through the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund and £500,000 of Section 106 funding. Subject to consultation feedback, the list of design options will be reviewed and shortlisted and work on the final scheme could start in early 2022. Future proposals (subject to funding) along the corridor will consider improvements at other sections of the route.

Contact us

Via our Q&A tool:Submit your questions below

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

Via telephone:  0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Via post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)



Background

Kirklees Council and Leeds City Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, are developing an initial scheme for the A644 and A653 routes between Mirfield – Dewsbury – Leeds, that 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 and 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.

We would like to hear your views on the proposed improvements and would particularly like your feedback on the proposals to:

  • Improve walking and cycling facilities
  • Enhance bus lanes and facilities to improve bus reliability
  • Upgrade junctions to improve congestion
  • Improve landscaping
  • Improve air quality

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 and will be brought forward / built at different speeds. It is important to recognise that the proposals being consulted on now for the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds (Phase 1) project represent one stage of a longer term programme of transport investment into the area that will include:

  • Alterations 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
  • Upgrades at Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury stations and on the railway lines
  • Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) projects, particularly in and around Dewsbury (projects for
    Dewsbury Bus Station and Halifax Rd-Bradford Rd-Ring Road Junction will be publicly consulted
    on in winter 2020/spring 2021 as part of the TCF programme). For more information
    click here (open in a new tab)
  • Future phases of the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds scheme, subject to new funding
  • Exploration and assessment of strategic highway scheme options in North Kirklees to relieve
    pressure on existing roads and communities, and to support growth


Have your say

We would like to invite you to provide feedback on our proposals for the Mirfield-Dewsbury-Leeds Route via our online survey:

Before you complete the survey, it is recommended that you click the documents tab to view the plans for this scheme,which have been divided into the following sections:

This survey will close at midnight on 25 September 2020.


Next steps

This consultation will help inform which proposals form the proposed £13 million scheme, which is to be funded with £12.5 million through the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund and £500,000 of Section 106 funding. Subject to consultation feedback, the list of design options will be reviewed and shortlisted and work on the final scheme could start in early 2022. Future proposals (subject to funding) along the corridor will consider improvements at other sections of the route.

Contact us

Via our Q&A tool:Submit your questions below

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

Via telephone:  0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Via post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)



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    Where will people who need to park for more than 3 hours go if you make the cycle lanes mandatory. This will also cause problems at school pick up and drop off times as the cars will be converging on the narrower side roads causing more problems for children crossing. You maybe wanting to encourage cycling but you cannot cycle a primary school child to school.

    Vri Asked 15 days ago

    Good afternoon,

    We are proposing to change the existing cycle lane from advisory to mandatory to allow cycle users to utilise it in a safe and functional capacity, rather than impeded by vehicles that may park in it. In the survey, you can have your say on whether this mandatory cycle lane is in operation during peak times only or all times. If the mandatory cycle lane is only in operation during peak times, then vehicles can still park at this location outside of these times.  If the mandatory cycle lane is 24 hours, then on-street parking would be displaced at all times.  This is equal to approximately 25 spaces. 

    The M2D2L scheme and the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy aim to provide direct and safe multi-modal travel options, helping to ease congestion and enable growth.  Much of A644 Huddersfield Road is currently intimidating, and often dangerous, for walking and cycling. All comments, including yours, and survey results will be taken into account as part of developing and deciding on any scheme options to take forward.

    Regards, 

    The Project TEam (M2D2L)

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    Why has shops and a petrol station been approved on the former Swan public house on the a644 junction Stenard lane Mirfield ? It will only cause more congestion and more accidents, but they have already started clearing the site.

    Woody3437 Asked 14 days ago

    Good afternoon,

    Planning application 2019/94003 was granted conditional full permission on the 23rd April 2020. Details of this can be found on the Kirklees Council website, though please note public consultation has closed. The report in which the Committee determined the planning decision explains that the location of proposed accesses have been amended and can accommodate the movement of all vehicles in and out of Steanard Lane.  Parking restrictions are proposed along the full frontage of the site on Huddersfield Road. 

    Regards,

    The Project Team (M2D2L)

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    Is this scheme designed to facilitate the huge housing development proposed on church land off Leeds Road that nobody wants.

    Ron Asked 15 days ago

    Good afternoon,

    The objectives of the scheme include:- •    To better manage congestion on the route; •    To facilitate and support the growth in employment, housing and economy along the M2D2L route; •    To reduce adverse impacts of transport on the environment and public health (enhancing active travel opportunities). 

    The scheme will help in part to accommodate and reduce the travel-related impacts of planned economic and housing growth across the route catchment, rather than directly facilitating any one particular development site.  Each individual development application must produce a Transport Assessment to show how it can be integrated into existing transport networks and what measures are needed to mitigate its impacts on the network and local environment. 

    Regards

    The Project Team (M2D2L)

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    Stenard Lane (Shepley Bridge) juction requires some system to allow right turning traffic more opertunity, the public house is no longer there & planning in in place for shops these would require access making it even more difficult to turn to go towards Ravensthorpe, this should also be in the proposal, The Bus Lane at Ravensthorpe would only have 5 buses per hour, the lane would be more practical to be a HGV & PCV lane, the main traffic lane would be used by cars & light vans.

    john1 Asked 16 days ago

    Good afternoon, thank you for taking the time to comment on the scheme proposals.

    Planning proposals for the sites in this area show that proposed accesses have been amended and can accommodate the movement of all vehicles in and out of Steanard Lane.  No parking restrictions are proposed along the full frontage of the site on Huddersfield Road. The bus lane proposals between Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury will serve approximately 5 buses per hour in each direction.  These services and their users will benefit from the operation of the proposed lane.  Due to the volume of HGVs travelling along this route, use of the bus lane would likely hinder the benefits gained for bus users and still incur bus-HGV conflicts when buses are waiting at or attempting to pull out of bus stops.  The bus lane would also help to reduce bus to car conflicts and alleviate some of the underlying reasons for slow moving traffic in and around Ravensthorpe.

    Regards

    The Project Team (M2D2L)