Plans to regenerate Halifax town centre have moved a step forward, as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority who’re funding the £47m A629 infrastructure improves gave the green light.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Strategy – Cllr Jane Scullion – said: “This exciting scheme would transform travel around Halifax town centre making it much easier to get around the town and especially benefitting users of public transport, cyclists and pedestrians. The project is fully funded by the Combined Authority through the West Yorkshire-Plus Transport Fund and this investment demonstrates the confidence in Halifax as a business and leisure destination. This is particularly important as we consider the future economic recovery of our towns from COVID-19.”

The scheme – which will feature at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference where Chief Executive Robin Tuddenham will speak – aims to improve pedestrian and cycle access into and within Halifax town centre and improve highway efficiency with the remodelling of all 14 junctions around the town’s perimeter. A revised bus network will also be implemented, better connecting the rail and bus stations and improving on-street bus stop facilities. [emaillocker id=”71749″]

In addition, the proposals introduce high quality improvements to the look and feel of the town centre, including the proposed pedestrianisation of Market Street. These combined measures all help to reduce emissions and improve air quality contributing to the Council’s carbon neutral targets.

Designs for the area between Halifax rail station and The Piece Hall, known as the ‘Eastern Gateway’ now retain the former Hughes Corporation building in the plans.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “This important scheme will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Calderdale Council on it. The Combined Authority is committed to leading the economic recovery from the pandemic and it is crucial we accelerate schemes, such as this one, to help create new employment opportunities and support supply industries. Enabling people to travel on foot, by bike and by public transport is more important than ever, not only in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in helping us achieve our aim of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”

The process to appoint a contractor will begin immediately with a view to the work starting on site in 2021 and be completed in 2024.

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