Next step for Council’s plan to tackle congestion on major Huddersfield road

Plans to improve the A629 between Huddersfield Ring Road and Ainley Top are progressing, as Kirklees Council submits a planning application for the scheme.

The planning application requests permission to improve and widen the A629 and will be open to comments from the public in the coming weeks.  The works include junction improvements, re-positioning of footways, new pedestrian crossings, and replacement of street lighting, as well as changing the use of land to highway and creating residential permit holder car parking at Edgerton Cemetery and land adjoining 103 Halifax Road.

The scheme is part of a wider package of improvements, along the A629 between Huddersfield and Halifax that Kirklees Council, in partnership with Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, are delivering with funding from the West Yorkshire plus transport fund.

As part of the works, the council is planting over 700 trees to create a significant new woodland at Ainley Top, and replacing any trees lost during the works with healthy, mature replacements.

The overarching A629 scheme aims to encourage economic growth by improving access to Halifax and Huddersfield from the M62.  It will also provide the infrastructure for faster, improved bus journeys between Halifax and Huddersfield.

Dedicated cycle and pedestrian routes, as part of the wider package of improvements, will make it safer and more pleasant to take up active travel to places along the route, and connect the road to other schemes councils are developing across the region.

The council expects that the combined impact of the above measures will lead to reduced congestion and emissions, providing a cleaner and more environmentally friendly road system, which will contribute to our climate emergency ambitions.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said:

“This is an important road improvement scheme which will help reduce congestion, speed up journey times and reduce air pollution. The wider scheme which is being developed in partnership with Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority includes comprehensive improvements to cycling and public transport, including two cycle routes that connect residential areas either side the A629 corridor and rail stations in Huddersfield and Halifax providing for longer more sustainable journeys.

Councillor Kim Groves, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:

“Our vision for transport goes beyond getting people from A to B. It’s about getting all of us – our people, our communities, our businesses – to where we want to be as a region efficiently and safely.”

More details can be seen on the council’s website at: www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/transport-roads-and-parking/a629

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