Design contractors have been appointed for the next phase of multi-million pound improvement work on the A629 which links Halifax and Huddersfield.
Following a tender exercise, Mott MacDonald has been appointed to support the development of Phase 4 of the ongoing scheme, a £25.9m project which is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.
This phase aims to reduce congestion at Ainley Top and improve the pedestrian, cycle and bus connectivity – the latter likely to see an express service developed as well as extra stops and better real-time information technology – along the route.
Some of the key areas being explored as part of these designs include improved cycling connectivity with the extension of the current Hebble Trail into Halifax Town Centre, as well as defined cycle routes between Halifax and Huddersfield and connections to the new Elland rail station.
For Calderdale is will also include remodelling of the Rochdale Road junction at West Vale with upgraded signalling and improved traffic management.
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The project wil help prmote Calderdale’s economic growth, said Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration and Strategy, Coun Jane Scullion (Lab, Luddenden Foot).
“Improving the travel experience for cyclists, bus users and pedestrians along this busy stretch of road is an important part of our overall objective to improve connectivity between Halifax and other major towns and cities.
“I’m pleased that we’ve now appointed an experienced contractor to support our detailed design work, allowing us to progress this important scheme,” she said.
Initial outline designs for this phase were approved by the Combined Authority last year. Calderdale Council will now work with Mott MacDonald to develop a comprehensive business case with detailed modelling and structural designs.
It is anticipated that the Full Business Case will be completed by spring 2022 and, subject to approvals, it is hoped that work can start around summer 2022, she said.