Steeton and Silsden Crossing

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Background

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is delivering improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure and routes across the region. Working in partnership with councils across West Yorkshire and York, we are aiming to enable people to make more every-day journeys by bike or on foot.

Steeton & Silsden Crossing

The Steeton & Silsden Crossing is being delivered in partnership with Bradford Council and will be a facility that provides a link for people travelling by bike or on foot across the A629, reducing the barriers to travel between Steeton and Silsden.

The scheme objectives are:

  • To provide a safe crossing across the A629 that will help remove the barrier to cycling and walking between Steeton and Silsden
  • To provide better access to facilities and services, such as Steeton and Silsden Station and Airedale Hospital, with a cycling and walking link between Steeton and Silsden, that has level access and is mainly segregated from general traffic
  • To make travel on foot and by bike a natural and popular choice, delivering an increase the number of walking and cycling trips between Steeton and Silsden
  • To eliminate accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians at the junction of the A629, Keighley Road and Station Road, and reduce by 20% on Keighley Road and Station Road within one year of the scheme opening
  • To reduce harmful emissions and noise pollution through a 5% reduction in motor vehicle movements within five years of the scheme opening.

There are currently three options that we are considering:

  • Option One: a toucan crossing. This option involves replacing the current uncontrolled crossing on the western arm of the A629 with a modern toucan crossing, providing a safer crossing facility for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Option Two: an underpass. This option involves providing an underpass below the western arm of the A629.
  • Option Three: a bridge. This option involves providing a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists above the western arm of the A629.

More information on each of these options, including detailed diagrams can be viewed by clicking here.

It should be noted that the current funding is only for the development of the Outline Business Case. Bradford Council are currently investigating a number of different sources of additional funding.

Public Engagement

Between 27 November and 22 December we held a period of public engagement to gather the views of local residents and businesses. This survey has now closed and your comments have been analysed. The outcome report can be found in the Engagement report section of this page.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact us regarding this scheme you can do so using the following methods. Please be aware that we operate a reduced staff over the Christmas period and therefore they may be a delay in responding to your query.

Email:  yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Phone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline Contact Centre) 

Post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

*Please be aware that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving and responding to post. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via another method if possible. 

Background

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is delivering improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure and routes across the region. Working in partnership with councils across West Yorkshire and York, we are aiming to enable people to make more every-day journeys by bike or on foot.

Steeton & Silsden Crossing

The Steeton & Silsden Crossing is being delivered in partnership with Bradford Council and will be a facility that provides a link for people travelling by bike or on foot across the A629, reducing the barriers to travel between Steeton and Silsden.

The scheme objectives are:

  • To provide a safe crossing across the A629 that will help remove the barrier to cycling and walking between Steeton and Silsden
  • To provide better access to facilities and services, such as Steeton and Silsden Station and Airedale Hospital, with a cycling and walking link between Steeton and Silsden, that has level access and is mainly segregated from general traffic
  • To make travel on foot and by bike a natural and popular choice, delivering an increase the number of walking and cycling trips between Steeton and Silsden
  • To eliminate accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians at the junction of the A629, Keighley Road and Station Road, and reduce by 20% on Keighley Road and Station Road within one year of the scheme opening
  • To reduce harmful emissions and noise pollution through a 5% reduction in motor vehicle movements within five years of the scheme opening.

There are currently three options that we are considering:

  • Option One: a toucan crossing. This option involves replacing the current uncontrolled crossing on the western arm of the A629 with a modern toucan crossing, providing a safer crossing facility for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Option Two: an underpass. This option involves providing an underpass below the western arm of the A629.
  • Option Three: a bridge. This option involves providing a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists above the western arm of the A629.

More information on each of these options, including detailed diagrams can be viewed by clicking here.

It should be noted that the current funding is only for the development of the Outline Business Case. Bradford Council are currently investigating a number of different sources of additional funding.

Public Engagement

Between 27 November and 22 December we held a period of public engagement to gather the views of local residents and businesses. This survey has now closed and your comments have been analysed. The outcome report can be found in the Engagement report section of this page.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact us regarding this scheme you can do so using the following methods. Please be aware that we operate a reduced staff over the Christmas period and therefore they may be a delay in responding to your query.

Email:  yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Phone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline Contact Centre) 

Post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

*Please be aware that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving and responding to post. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via another method if possible. 

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    What are the estimated costs of all 3 projects? How will you stop the underpass flooding? How will a cyclist or travelling from Silsden to Steeton cross the road to access the crossing and return to the right side of the road? Are you also going to add cycle lanes? And improve the width of the pavement between Silsden and Steeton? These 'ideas' are far too vague for people to know what they are choosing.

    asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. 

    The three options presented range from £1.4m (toucan crossing) to £3.3m (bridge) for the intervention only, or £3.8m to £5.7m if the supplementary interventions to improve access to the crossing are included. 

    The underpass will flood occasionally (greater than 1 in 100 years according to the Environmental Agency), therefore there will be an ongoing maintenance cost and occasional closures with this option. 

    The costed scheme includes a fully segregated cycle and pedestrian lane on the western side of Keighley Road from the outskirts of Silsden through to the proposed intervention. 

    The engagement is designed to gauge opinions on the choice of options without going into too much technical detail – more detailed development work has been undertaken and will be included in the business case submission.

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    If the Toucan crossing option is adopted, how would traffic be controlled that approaches from the other three entries to the roundabout?

    Stereobill asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. If selected, the Toucan crossing will come with supplementary traffic calming measures including a reduced speed limit on the A629 for a stretch in both directions, and a reduction to one lane on the westbound roundabout exit.

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    The path to Silsden on the left hand side is narrow in parts and in one section dangerous with an uneven , raisxd kerb which you could easily trip over and fall into the road. The bridge or underpass would be great, but what additional steps will be taken to make the walking and cycling experience a better one to and from Steeton and Silsden?

    Tim Preston asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. These issues have been identified and the costed scheme includes a fully segregated cycle and pedestrian lane on Keighley Road from the outskirts of Silsden through to the proposed intervention.

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    Why does option 1 not contain an improved crossing on the southern arm to connect to Steeton and Silsden rail station?

    Concerned Liz asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. The detailed design produced for the OBC does include this important crossing point, consistent with Options 2 and 3. This should have been included in the consultation drawing for Option 1. Please accept our apologies for this mistake.

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    when/if funded when will it be implemented?

    JG asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. From the point where funding is identified for the scheme it is anticipated that the scheme could be delivered and operational within a timeframe of approximately two years. However, this will be dependent upon the planning application and the Full Business Case (FBC) both being approved. It should also be noted that funding for the scheme has not yet been identified. There could be opportunities to accelerate this (for example by obtaining outline planning permission and producing the majority of the FBC in advance of funding being identified) but this approach has not yet been confirmed.

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    are you going to give details of the underpass scheme in this document https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/5688/widgets/16888/documents/7791/download ? Are you going to give more details of point 3 in option 3 (the bridge) i.e. "an improved crossing on the southern arm to connect to Steeton and Silsden rail station"

    Mark W - Cononley asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. More detailed designs have been produced for all three options as part of the Outline Business Case (OBC) process but these have not yet been made publicly available. The underpass option will provide a fully segregated pedestrian and cycle facility (approximately 5m wide – 2m for peds and 2x1.5m for cycles) under the western arm of the A629 connecting to a new segregated lane on Keighley Road to the north. To the south on Station Road, all three options include a new signalised crossing point to access the station entrance safely.

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    Why did the business case cost £700,000?. Why will this bridge cost millions when the one in the picture only cost just over £1m?

    Gazzer asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. The £700,000 is a pot of money that was provided by the DfT specifically for the development work for this scheme (including the business case). Only a proportion of this has been spent to date to develop the Outline Business Case (OBC). More will be required to produce a Full Business Case (FBC) when a funding source has been identified, but it is currently uncertain whether this will use the full amount provided or not. It should be noted that the business case process is critical in obtaining funding for such schemes. Reasons for this scheme being potentially more expensive than certain other comparators include challenging ground conditions in a high risk flood zone, significant level differences, providing a high quality user experience, and the provision of supporting infrastructure on Station Road and Keighley Road to help users access the intervention (it will not fulfill its potential as a standalone scheme that cannot be easily accessed).

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    How would the possibility of reducing the A629 to one lane of traffic help with reducing emissions?

    SC asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your query. Reducing the A629 to one lane in each direction for Option 1 has been considered primarily on safety grounds (less distance for pedestrians to cross). The final design for the OBC reduces the westbound exit to one lane, but maintains two lanes for the eastbound approach to the roundabout – this has been done to avoid creating extra congestion on the approach and hence increasing emissions.

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