Construction efforts are currently underway in Sowerby Bridge to enhance the area encompassing the entrance to Hollins Mill Lane and its intersection with Town Hall Street.
Situated in the heart of Sowerby Bridge, Hollins Mill Lane serves as a well-frequented route for cyclists, providing a vital link between the town and Sustrans cycle routes 66 and 68. To facilitate smoother connections to these routes, certain sections of the road have been closed to vehicular traffic.
To further enrich the surroundings, a project is underway to improve the surface of Hollins Mill Lane. As part of this initiative, the existing footways are being replaced with charming natural stone slabs, thus ensuring increased safety and visual appeal for all users of the road.
Work started on Monday, 24th July, the construction work is expected to span approximately 18 weeks. To mitigate disruptions, the project has been divided into six phases, each involving temporary single-lane closures.
These endeavours form an integral part of a broader scheme aimed at revitalising Sowerby Bridge, promoting cycling and walking in and around the town. The initiative has received support from the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, with the government investing in the region’s development.
Additionally, the undertaking complements other investments in Sowerby Bridge, specifically targeted at enhancing and preserving the town’s heritage features and rejuvenating its high street. This financial support is provided through the Government’s High Street Heritage Action Zone fund, in collaboration with Historic England.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said; “This is an exciting time for Sowerby Bridge, with successful bids for Government funding transforming travel in the town and also delivering lasting improvements to the historic high street, making the most of its many heritage features and supporting our priority for thriving towns and places.
“Hollins Mill Lane has some fine heritage buildings, and the planned work to the footways will complement these, through the use of natural materials like stone.
“The carriageway will also be resurfaced to improve the safety of the road for all users, and support and encourage further use of active travel methods, such as cycling and walking.”