Views invited on Calder Valley road improvement plans
13 August 2018
Local residents and commuters are being asked to have their say on plans for road improvement programmes in the Calder Valley.
Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the road network along the A58 / A672 from Junction 22 of the M62 to King Cross in Halifax and the A646 / A6033 from Todmorden to Skircoat Moor.
Financed through the Combined Authority's West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the two programmes cover well-used routes through Calderdale, which can be congested during peak times. The routes also suffer from pockets of poor air quality and are limiting the potential for economic growth because of variable journey times. The schemes look to address these issues and also encourage active travel by improving highway facilities for walkers and cyclists.
To help shape final plans for the schemes, the Council is asking people to have their say on a series of initial designs.
People can also share their views:
- by commenting on the online discussion forum.
- by emailing directly.
- by post at Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA).
Designs will also be on display at the following drop-in events, where people can give feedback in person and Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions:
- Wednesday 22 August 12noon - 6pm - Todmorden Town Hall, OL14 5AQ
- Wednesday 29 August 12noon - 6pm - Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY
- Monday 3 September 12noon - 6pm - Mytholmroyd Community Centre, HX7 5AF
- Thursday 6 September 12noon - 6pm - St. Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden, HX6 4DF
- Thursday 13 September 12noon - 6pm - The King's Centre, Halifax, HX1 2TS
- Saturday 22 September 10am - 2pm - Sowerby Bridge Market, HX6 2LA
The consultation runs until Friday 28 September 2018.
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: "Through its West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the Combined Authority has committed £147 million to schemes across West Yorkshire and the City Region designed to support inclusive economic growth and job creation and the construction of new housing.
"I would urge everyone with an interest in these two routes, whether they use them regularly, live or work close to them, to get involved in the consultation. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to have their say in the development of the plans, which aim to encourage business development, create new jobs and reduce air pollution in the area."
Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, said: "We're now at the stage where we can develop plans for these two improvement schemes, which will reduce congestion on these busy routes and in turn help us boost economic growth in Calderdale.
"To ensure that the plans properly address the key issues on these roads, we want to hear from people who use these routes or live nearby. The feedback we receive will be used to shape the future of the programmes."
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority's West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund is part of the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.