Have your say on plans for major improvements to the A629
As plans for major changes to the A629 edge closer to reality, people are now being invited to view the plans in detail and have their say.
Last month we confirmed that the next stage of funding had been approved by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, who are financing the improvements through their Transport Fund.
How can I see what’s being proposed and comment?
Today we’ve launched an online survey where you can see the full plans and comment on the whole scheme or just specific parts of it. You have until Friday 29 June 2018 to have your say.
There are also 5 drop in sessions in various locations (details below) and an unstaffed exhibition in Huddersfield Library.
|4 – 29 June||Library opening times||Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery (unstaffed exhibition)|
|Fri 15 June||3 – 7pm||Church of Latter-day Saints, Halifax Road
|Weds 20 June||3 – 7pm||Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street|
|Thurs 21 June||3 – 7pm||Gledholt Methodist Church, Edgerton Grove Road
|Thurs 28 June||3 – 7pm||Gledholt Methodist Church, Edgerton Grove Road
|Friday 29 June||3 – 7pm||Church of Latter-day Saints, Halifax Road|
Why are you making changes?
The plans for the improvements are expected to relieve congestion, reduce journey times, improve air quality and make public transport more reliable. They have been developed partly in response to a survey with local residents last year, where reducing congestion was identified as the top priority for improving the A629, along with widening the roads.
Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, Cllr Naheed Mather said:
“We know from talking to people who use this part of the A629 that these changes are really needed, and we’re glad that plans are progressing. This stage of the process is really important – we’re keen to hear what local people have to say about the detailed plans. Whilst we’ve spent a great deal of time developing these plans, it might be that someone spots an issue or an opportunity we hadn’t yet considered.
The survey is open to everyone and the drop in sessions are a great way to ask questions of the people responsible for planning the changes. Thousands of people use this part of the A629 every week, it’s important that they make their voices heard.”
The improvements centre around four key junctions along the route and include road widening and parking restrictions to add extra lanes and make traffic flow better. There are also plans for a new signal controlled left slip to bypass the roundabout for traffic travelling to the M62.
Joint portfolio holder Cllr Peter McBride said:
“Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to benefit from the changes which, if approved, would be complete by August 2021. We are already talking to residents and landowners who could be directly affected by the work, including people who are selling part of their land to us and those who live close to the places where new parking restrictions could be.”
- For more information about this scheme, and others in Kirklees that are being funded through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Fund visit our website.