A number of meetings are taking place.
People are being invited to have their say about plans for the fourth project in the £120m A629 improvement programme between Halifax and Huddersfield.
Plans include the creation of a quality bus corridor, with improved bus stops and real time information, creating the opportunity for bus operators to introduce an express service between Huddersfield and Halifax. Junction improvements will also reduce congestion and increase capacity at West Vale.
Cycling and walking opportunities will also be transformed, with new and improved routes, and better links to key destinations, such as hospitals, Halifax and Elland rail stations, and Elland, Huddersfield and Halifax town centres. These routes will include off-highway green routes and on-highway cycle infrastructure.
A decision on the Outline Business Case is expected shortly. If approved, the next step would be to work on the design. Therefore, it’s important that people are able to give their feedback now, so that the design can be informed by local people, businesses and commuters.
Calderdale and Kirklees Councils are hosting drop-in sessions along the route to give local people the opportunity to meet the team.
Attendees can talk to staff working on the project, ask questions and give feedback. These sessions are:
- Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, Monday 11 February, 3-7pm
- Elland Methodist Church, Monday 18 February, 3-7pm
- Gledholt Methodist Church, Marsh, Monday 25 February, 3-7pm
- Huddersfield Town Hall, Wednesday 27 February, 3-7pm
- Halifax Town Hall, Tuesday 5 March, 3-7pm
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“Many of the improvements in this phase of the A629 project are focused on improving bus journeys between Halifax and Huddersfield, cutting down journey times and providing better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
“These drop-in sessions, in partnership with neighbouring Kirklees Council, will allow people to see the early plans, ask questions and share feedback to help us shape formal design work.”
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:
“We have committed around £150 million of investment though the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund to transport schemes across the City region and the five-phase upgrade of the A629 is the largest in the programme.
“Overall the scheme will result in improved journey times, better public transport reliability and new cycling and walking facilities along the key route between the towns of Halifax, in Calderdale, and Huddersfield, in Kirklees, and will support economic growth.
"I would urge anyone who lives or works along the route, or who uses it regularly, to have their say by taking part in the consultation and attending one of the drop-in events.”