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Plans submitted for road bridge on £120M Halifax scheme

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Calderdale Council has submitted planning application for a £22M bridge widening project has been submitted as part of the £120M A629 road scheme to reduce congestion between Halifax and Huddersfield. 

The A629 project is part of the Next Chapter portfolio, a series of economic regeneration and growth projects in Calderdale. 

The wider plans focuses on the key areas of Huddersfield Road, Stainland Road and Wakefield Road. Funding is expected to come from the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund. 

The Transport Fund has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal – a £1bn package of funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region which includes Halifax and Huddersfield.

One of the main challenges facing project consultant Pell Frischmann is finding a way to work on widening the existing bridge without endangering barges in the canal below.  

The A629 is a key route in West Yorkshire, and the planned major upgrade will reduce journey times, relieve congestion and improve pedestrian and cycling accessibility. 

Below is a rendering of the bypass produced by Pell Frischmann.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic strategy Barry Collins said the works are the next step in upgrading the A629. 

“Following the completion of work at Salterhebble, this is the next step in the important planned improvements along the A629,” he said. “It would focus on the Calder and Hebble junction, further reducing congestion on this busy route as well as improving facilities for walking and cycling.” 

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee chair Kim Groves said the scheme will “reduce congestion and improve journey times”.  

“The five-phase upgrade of the A629 is currently the largest scheme in our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund programme, to which we have already committed around £150M of investment,” she said. “It will result in reduced congestion, improved journey times, better public transport reliability and new cycling and walking facilities along the key route between the towns of Halifax, in Calderdale, and Huddersfield, in Kirklees.” 

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