Kirklees Council has provided an update on its scheme to improve the route between Huddersfield’s bus and rail stations.
The Huddersfield Better Connected Stations project, being delivered by Kirklees Council through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme will create more space for people to walk safely, which has become increasingly important as social distancing rules have been introduced.
The scheme will make it easier for people to move between the stations on foot or by bike, as well as providing better access to bus stops on Westgate and ongoing routes into the town centre.
Despite the pandemic causing unavoidable delays, the council have so far installed a new bus shelter on the south side of Westgate and widened the footway there. On completion of upcoming electrical works including shelter lighting and lamp posts, the paving in that area will be finished.
Work has also started on a new cycle track to link the top of St. George’s Street with the traffic lights at the junction of Henry Street, which will include dedicated cycling facilities to cross Westgate. Work to reconfigure the junction layout, which includes wider footways and crossing improvements for people making journeys on foot, is due to start in the coming weeks. This work on St. George’s Street comes in addition to part of the work that was completed in an earlier phase of the scheme.
Also underway is the planned work on Upperhead Row. This work will see the footways widened, zebra crossings installed to help people cross the road, and the taxi rank improved. Tree pits have been installed to enable the planting of four new trees, these will be placed once electrical work and paving is completed.
Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “Enabling increasing numbers of us to travel by bike and on foot is more important than ever, not only as we look to address the health, transport and economic challenges created by COVID-19, but also in helping us achieve our aim of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”“This important scheme will provide easier and more attractive routes for people travelling across Huddersfield town centre, as well as between two key transport hubs, making it easier for people to travel by foot, bike or public transport.”