Plans for a road scheme to ease congestion on the A629 between Jubilee Road and the junction with Free School Lane in Halifax worth up to £4.5 million are shown below.
The proposals include widening the highway and upgrading the traffic lights system to reduce journey times, ease traffic flow and improve air quality. There will also be improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
Work is scheduled to start on site in autumn 2016. Construction will be phased along the road and is estimated to take around nine months.
Work on the three kilometre stretch of highway will be wholly funded by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, subject to approval by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. This is the first phase of a wider transport strategy, which includes proposals to improve the flow of traffic through Halifax town centre and the Calder and Hebble junction.
Improvements to Shaw Hill/Free School Lane junction
- Closure of a short section of Shaw Hill and A629 Skircoat Road creating a cross road junction with Huddersfield Road.
- Creation of green space at the entry point to Halifax town centre.
- Creation of a segregated southbound cycle path which will use the redundant section of Shaw Hill.
- Provision of new pedestrian crossings on each arm of the junction.
- Introduction of new cycle lanes on all approaches.
- Huddersfield Road inbound approach widened to become 3 lanes, allowing longer, dedicated right turn lane into Shaw Hill which will accommodate predicted increased traffic flows to the east of Halifax.
- Shaw Hill widened to become 2 lanes on its westbound approach.
Improvements to A629 Huddersfield Road between Dudwell Lane / Dryclough Lane to Shaw Hill / Free School Lane
Improvements to Salterhebble Hill
- Widening to form two lanes southbound from the current two-to-one merge at Chapel Lane.
- Provision of a shared use cycle/footway uphill on the western side of the road where cycles are slow moving and in potential conflict with faster moving traffic and buses/HGVs in the crawler lane.
- Replacement of existing retaining wall uphill on the western side of Salterhebble Hill.
- Proposals include the Sustainable Use of High Specification Aggregates for Skid-Resistant Roads in order to benefit articulated vehicles in terms of traction upon a standing hill start.
- Provision of a new outbound bus lay-by at the bus stop immediately south of Dudwell Lane (to aid outbound traffic flow when the two to one lane constraint is removed).
- Provision of a right turn Rookery Lane.
- Remodelling of the pelican crossing adjacent to Jubilee Road.
- Retention of turning access into businesses at base of hill.
- Improved entrance to Bank House Lane.
- Improved pedestrian footway width at bottom of Salterhebble Hill.