Have your say on Kirklees Council plans to improve the A629 Wakefield Road

Kirklees Council is asking for views on plans to improve part of the A629 Wakefield Road for people walking, cycling and travelling by bus.

The plans, which have been developed by Kirklees Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will make it easier to travel between Huddersfield town centre and Waterloo, and help tackle the climate emergency.

What are the proposals? 

The proposals are to improve a two-mile stretch from Shorehead Roundabout, through Aspley, Moldgreen and Greenside to Waterloo Junction. Proposed improvements include new and upgraded pedestrian crossings, upgraded bus stop facilities, wider pavements, and options for new segregated cycle lanes.

The A629 is a busy road, and currently struggles to cope with today’s demands, which results in traffic congestion at peak periods. This means it is not as easy to walk or cycle along as it could be.

What is the aim of the scheme? 

The aim of this scheme is to provide a continuous, high-quality cycle route, and make it safer and easier for people to walk. It is hoped the scheme will encourage more people to walk and cycle both along and across this busy road, improve journey reliability along the route, as well as improving air quality, road safety and   access to buses.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“This scheme aims to create and enhance a new, safe and enjoyable walking and cycling route into the town centre, utilising both the A629 Wakefield Road and local neighbourhoods. Wakefield Road is a very busy throughfare not only for car users but all commuters. The consultation will offer all road users and residents the chance to have their say on whether they wish to see any improvements.

More people choosing to walk or cycle will also have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. These planned improvements will maximise sustainable transport options providing attractive and viable alternatives to driving.

By upgrading this route there will be better links between communities and room for future growth in the area. This will, in turn, improve the air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, helping us to make further strides towards Kirklees becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“Making walking and cycling easier is at the heart of my Mayoral pledges to make sure our transport network works for people, and in our plans to tackle the climate emergency and become a net zero carbon economy by 2038.

Not only will this scheme help us do that, it will connect more people in and around Huddersfield with jobs, training and education opportunities.

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Kirklees Council on this important scheme, which will make it easier for people to move around our region, and I would encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity to help shape these plans by taking part in the public consultation.”

Cllr Manisha Kaushik, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee Lead Member for Active Travel, said:

“From connecting us with the places we need to go, to tackling congestion, improving air quality and boosting our health and wellbeing, enabling more people to walk and cycle has a vital role to play in making our region an even better place to live and work.”

Who are delivering these schemes? 

These schemes are being delivered through the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund programme, which is aimed at providing a viable alternative to car journeys.

There are more than £66 million worth of ambitious transport improvement schemes being delivered through this programme in Kirklees.

When does the consultation end? 

The public consultation runs from Tuesday 2 November to Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Have your say

Find out more information and to have your say on the A629 Wakefield Road Sustainable Transport Scheme.