Funding confirmed for next step towards major improvements to A629
Major improvements to the A629 in Kirklees are a step closer today thanks to the release of £4m from the funding body.
Why are we doing this?
The improvements will relieve congestion and reduce journey times along the A629 from Ainley Top towards Huddersfield and cost £12.09m in total. The whole scheme is being funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Fund, which is a package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
Who will be undertaking the work?
We are responsible for delivering the scheme and this latest release of funding will enable the authority to put full plans in place for the development, including securing land, detailed design and determining the final options for the improvements.
Have your say
From 4 – 29 June 2018, the public will be invited to have their say about the scheme, both online and in a series of drop in sessions that will be announced shortly.
In a survey with local residents last year, reducing congestion was identified as the top priority for improving the A629, along with widening the roads.
The current plans for the improvements seek to do this by widening certain sections of the road, reducing parking along the route and creating a slip road at Ainley Top to allow traffic for the M62 to bypass the roundabout. We are already talking to landowners who are directly affected by the plans. We are working closely with Calderdale Council who are also making improvements to parts of the A629 that fall in their area.
What councillors think about the improvements
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield said:
“The reason we used the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, to set up the £1bn West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund was to make large-scale schemes like this, designed to speed up journeys and combat the economic and environmental costs of congestion, possible.
I would encourage people to take the opportunity to attend the forthcoming events in June or go online to have their say.”
Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure Cllr Peter McBride said:
“The improvements we are planning for the A629 will make a huge difference to journey times, air quality and congestion; three things that we know are important to our residents and road users. The release of this part of the funding takes us to the final stage of the plans. At the moment we are aiming for the final plans to be approved in early 2020, with construction beginning very soon after.”
Joint portfolio holder Cllr Naheed Mather added:
“Good local and regional transport links are vital to the development of business and the creation of new jobs. Forecasts show that these improvements could create 1,740 jobs by 2030.
This strategic approach fits with our broader planning in terms of jobs, homes and the Local Plan. It will improve travel between our towns and neighbouring towns and improve access to employment and training opportunities.”
The funding was agreed by the West Yorkshire combined Authority at their Committee Meeting on 10 May 2018