Plans to change Huddersfield’s Leeds Road are now public

Leeds Road Huddersfield

We’re proposing some changes to Leeds Road, including the road layout outside the Great Northern Street retail park in Huddersfield.

Together with our partners West Yorkshire Combined Authority we are now are inviting the public to have their say on the latest plans.

These transport improvements aim to address congestion, delays and drive economic growth across Kirklees and beyond. They focus specifically on the A62 Leeds Road between Huddersfield town centre at Northumberland Street and Old Fieldhouse Lane. We are also looking at changes to the A62 at Cooper Bridge and will be sharing more details on this in the next few months.

Designed to address the congestion, that frequently occurs now, the improvements include major changes at the gyratory outside the Great Northern Street retail park that will replace the existing system with a simpler design. The plans for these changes are now ready and people have until Friday 30 November to look at them and provide feedback.

Full plans and a survey for feedback can be found on the Your Voice website. For people who prefer to see the plans in print, we have a drop-in event, open between 10am and 7pm on Monday 19 November at Canalside Sports Complex, Leeds Road. The team responsible for planning and managing the work will be there to answer questions.

There is also an unstaffed exhibition at Huddersfield Library, which people can visit any time during library opening hours until Friday 30 November.

This scheme is being funded through the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, which is has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region. The aim of the scheme is to create around 20,000 new jobs and add £2.4 billion a year to the economy by the mid-2030s.

Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, Cllr Naheed Mather said:
“About 28,000 people use the A62 every day and we know from talking to people that these changes are really needed. The online survey is open to everyone and the drop in session is a great way to ask questions of the people responsible for planning the changes.”

The A62 Leeds Road has been identified as a key route which, through improvements could relieve congestion, reduce traffic-related pollution, reduce the slow journey time, improve bus, pedestrian and cycle facilities and support the creation of new jobs.

It’s the first phase of improvements proposed for this road and one of several big schemes set to tackle some of the biggest problems on the busiest roads in Kirklees.

Joint portfolio holder Cllr Peter McBride added:

“Over the next few year’s people will see big changes across some of our busiest routes in Kirklees. Thanks to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, who are financing the improvements through their Transport Fund, we will be reducing congestion and journey times and improving air quality in a number of areas.

Your feedback is important to us – a few months ago we asked for people’s views on changes to the A629 and we’ve made some alterations to the scheme as a result – so please do have your say.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:

“Through our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund we have already committed approaching £150 million of investment on schemes such as this corridor improvement scheme for the A62, which are designed to supports inclusive growth and the creation of new jobs across the Leeds City Region by speeding up journeys.

By reducing congestion, schemes such as this also achieve another of the Combined Authority’s key aims which is to alleviate air pollution and reduce local carbon emissions.”

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