The landscape of Halifax town centre and transport provision across Calderdale will soon begin ‘the biggest single investment programme Calderdale has seen for a century’, say council leaders.
Schemes to improve the Calder and Hebble junction of the A629 and for the revamp of Halifax town centre are progressing with more detailed plans and public consultation beginning in the late spring/early summer.
Leader of Calderdale Council Coun Tim Swift said that transport improvements are being made throughout the district and not just in Halifax, such as the new proposed M62 junction and bypass in Brighouse and improvements at train stations and along the Calder Valley railway Line.
“This is an unprecedented once in a generation opportunity for investment in transport schemes and the biggest investment in transport for a hundred years,” said Coun Swift. “This is a tremendous opportunity amd we are making sure we are getting the benefits right.”
The team helping to deliver these projects have outlined current issues which the funding will aim to address.
The schemes aims to reduce the impact of traffic on the existing road network within the town centre, provide journey time savings and a more controllable distribution of traffic flows between the different routes via a complementary signing strategy. Proposals will also look at improving and enhancing pedestrian movements and environments within the town centre.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been allocated £1bn over 20 years for transport improvements under the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund to increase employment, productivity and growth through investment in transport schemes across West Yorkshire and York.
In total £120m has been earmarked for schemes which Calderdale is leading, of which £70m has been mandated to specific scheme development. Calderdale Council is working to secure mandate approval for the remaining £50m.