Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are seeking the opinions of the public regarding revised proposals for a set of planned enhancements spanning from Halifax town centre to the communities in the northern part of the town.

The A629 north project aims to improve the stretch between Orange Street roundabout in the town centre and Ogden in north Halifax, covering areas like Lee Mount, Ovenden, and Illingworth. The goal is to reduce travel times for all individuals using this route and facilitate safer and more convenient walking and cycling. The scheme is being advanced through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Levelling Up Fund programme in collaboration with Calderdale Council.

In light of feedback received during the last public consultation in July 2021 and subsequent design refinements, some aspects of the proposals have been modified. To support the finalization of the scheme, individuals are now encouraged to express their views on the ultimate proposed plans.

The updated scheme details can be accessed at https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a629n, where individuals can also provide their feedback.

Key elements of the plans include:

  1. Whitehill Road becoming one-way westbound, starting from the A629 at Wrigley Hill, Illingworth.
  2. Installation of new pedestrian crossings along the route.
  3. Implementation of bus priority technology at signals along this segment of the A629.
  4. Enhancements for cyclists and pedestrians on Old Lane, encompassing lighting improvements and speed calming measures.
  5. Upgrades to paths, signage, and lighting leading to the Orange Street roundabout, including new CCTV provision.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Active Travel and Housing, Cllr Scott Patient, said; “We want to better connect communities in the north of Halifax with the town centre, making improvements to make it easier and safer to travel by more sustainable transport, such as taking the bus, walking, or cycling.

“We’ve listened to people’s thoughts about the initial proposals and have made some changes to the plans to reflect this feedback. We’re now asking people to let us know what they think about the latest proposals to help shape final plans.

“By improving access to the town centre on foot, by cycle or on public transport, it’s also making job, education and leisure opportunities more accessible and supporting our three Council priorities of creating thriving towns and places, reducing inequalities and tackling the climate emergency.”

Cllr Peter Carlill, Deputy Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said; “This scheme will provide a multi-million-pound investment to enhance walking, cycling and bus routes from north Halifax to the town centre, as well as improving safety on the roads.

“When finished, it will provide better access to opportunities, bringing long-term benefits to communities.

“I’d urge everybody to have their say on these latest proposals which will help us build a better-connected region that works for all.”

To facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the plans, a series of in-person and online webinar events will be conducted. These sessions will enable the project team to elaborate on the proposals and address any questions. Additional information and registration for these events can be found at https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a629n.

For those requiring information in an alternative format, they can:

  • Email yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676
  • Write to Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM WYCA

The deadline for submitting comments on the plans is Tuesday, 5th December 2023.