Reducing traffic congestion in Huddersfield town centre
Improvements to Huddersfield town centre will be introduced next month, aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving transport for our shoppers.
Bus gates with camera enforcement will be set up from Monday 1 February to allow a safer shopping experience for pedestrians and help buses become more reliable
Areas that will be affected
Our new measures will be in two of our town centre areas:
- High Street – to cover the area around the town hall and Market Street (10am-4pm all days)
- Westgate, Kirkgate, St George’s Square and Railway Street areas (8am-6pm all days)
Any unauthorised vehicles passing through the bus gates will receive a £60 penalty charge, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. The operating times of the bus gates are shown on new signs at each location, with additional signs on the approach showing a route that drivers can take to avoid the enforcement cameras.
Councillor Peter McBride, our cabinet member for Place, said:
The work follows consultation with town centre users including businesses, residents, shoppers and students who generally said they wanted Huddersfield to be an accessible town where people could get around easily and safely.
In areas like Leeds and Bradford, bus gate and bus lanes are already in place and have been enforced using cameras for a number of years. Their purpose is to ensure the free flow of traffic where historically traffic congestion has been a recognised problem, particularly where that has had an impact on public transport.
These initiatives speed up bus journey times and reliability, and create a better environment in the town centre where people can get about more easily and safely.”
Work is also taking place to improve our footways on High Street, New Street, Ramsden Street and Peel Street and is expected to finish at the end of March.
Our town centre works are funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to improve transport infrastructure in cities and towns across the region.
You can find more information on our website