The construction of the new Halifax Bus Station has achieved a significant milestone. Starting from Sunday, 1st October 2023, certain bus services, a modern travel centre, and accessible toilet facilities will be available for passengers.

This marks an exciting advancement in the £20.5 million investment dedicated to Halifax town centre. Out of the 19 new bus stands, ten will be operational from the 1st of October. Other bus services will continue to operate from stops within the town centre until the finalization of the transformative new station, slated for early 2024.

Construction efforts will persist until that time, with upcoming milestones including the establishment of a newsagent and the acquisition of tenants for the station’s remaining retail spaces, which may include a potential new café area.

In addition to enhanced facilities, safety provisions, and improved accessibility, the new station will facilitate smoother transitions between bus services for passengers. Furthermore, it boasts the installation of solar panels, provisions for bicycle parking, a novel “green roof” adorned with bee-friendly flora, and additional green spaces for public enjoyment. These initiatives contribute to the Leeds City Region’s objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2038.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said; “We want bus travel to be everyone’s first choice in West Yorkshire because it’s the most attractive option to get around.

“Improving facilities for passengers is a key part of our journey towards creating a more inclusive and better-connected region.

“We can’t wait to welcome passengers back when the transformation is fully complete early next year.”

The scheme is being delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in partnership with Calderdale Council.

Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said; “This is a significant step forward – for local people and visitors who’ll benefit from improved safety, comfort, connectivity and accessibility; for economic growth by connecting people to jobs and training; and for the Council’s priorities for thriving towns and places, reduced inequalities and climate action.

“We’re really pleased with the modern new bus station, which complements the other major regeneration projects across Halifax and Calderdale, as well as our wider plans to transform travel around the town centre.

“The building contributes to local and regional net zero carbon targets by encouraging people to travel sustainably by bus, and through its environmentally friendly features and improved cycle parking and walking routes.”

Starting in October, individuals will have access to a new “Changing Places” facility, equipped with additional amenities for individuals with diverse disabilities, such as a lifting apparatus and an adaptable changing bench.

Passengers are encouraged to visit or contact 0113 245 7676 for travel details. Posters outlining bus pick-up points and further project information will be prominently displayed at the station, on buses, and at key locations and stops throughout the town centre. Staff will also be available at the station to assist and respond to inquiries.

This venture is being implemented through the Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme, which aims to facilitate pedestrian, cyclist, and public transport usage.