Sharing the benefits of Salterhebble scheme
1 February 2019
Work is now complete on highway improvements at Salterhebble Hill, and the benefits of the project have been felt beyond those just travelling on the route.
The ambitious A629 Salterhebble to Shaw Hill project has included widening Salterhebble Hill to four lanes; installing new traffic light technology and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging these healthier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly travel options.
Local materials and suppliers
Where possible, the scheme used local materials and suppliers, with on-site equipment, building materials and scaffolding provided by local Calderdale businesses.
Over the duration of the project, Calderdale Council and contractor, Jackson Civil Engineering, engaged the local community to ensure that they benefited from the work.
Model of the Humber Bridge
This included promoting careers in engineering and construction with local students at Park Lane Learning Trust and Crossley Heath School. They also worked with All Saints Junior and Infant School in Halifax, and shared their knowledge to help them build a fantastic model of the Humber Bridge for a construction industry competition.
During the project, four apprentices were also recruited to work alongside the construction team and work placements were offered to students from local colleges.
The A629 Salterhebble to Shaw Hill scheme is part of the five-phase A629 scheme to help reduce congestion, improve journey times, boost public transport use and improve cycling and walking conditions along the key route between the towns of Halifax, in Calderdale, and Huddersfield, in Kirklees.
The scheme is being supported by £120 million investment from the Combined Authority's £1 billion West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, which has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region. As well as the highway widening, the scheme's Salterhebble to Shaw Hill section includes new traffic light technology, junction remodelling and improved active travel facilities that will mean better and safer journeys for public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists.
It also involved creating a new 'living wall' which has been sown with 7,000,000 seeds and planted with shrubs, wildflowers and trees. The green wall, which will improve local air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, is expected to burst into life in the Spring.
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: "While our West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Transport Fund schemes are about supporting economic growth and improving local air quality by reducing congestion, other benefits, such as opportunities for apprentices and work placements and educational work with local schools and colleges, are also important."
Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, said: "The Salterhebble Hill phase of the A629 improvement programme has been one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken in Calderdale. Throughout the scheme, we've made every effort to ensure that the local community has had the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the Council's project team and its contractors."
"By working with local young people, providing apprenticeships and nurturing talent, the project has had far reaching benefits beyond the key objectives of improving traffic flow and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians."
Jackson's Regional Director, Brett Jarman said: "The time to act and invest in our future is now, our most precious resource is our Engineers and skilled trade people of tomorrow. At Jackson, we take our responsibilities seriously and are proud to support, train, guide, mentor and upskill individuals, helping to play our role in safeguarding the future of the industry."
The A629 project is part of the Next Chapter portfolio, a series of economic regeneration and growth projects that are supporting the ambition for Calderdale.
For more information on this and other major projects in Calderdale, head to www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk or follow #CdaleNextChapter on social media.
With unprecedented levels of regeneration and investment in the borough, growing talent and helping it to thrive is a key part of the Vision2024 for Calderdale - what the borough will be like by the time it reaches its 50th birthday.