We are asking for views on new proposals for improvements to the A638 between Dewsbury and Cleckheaton

In partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority we have developed the Dewsbury to Cleckheaton Sustainable Travel Corridor scheme. The scheme will make it easier for people to travel by bus, to walk and to cycle.

The A638 is a key route for the Kirklees transport network. Connecting communities to jobs, training, education and services in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton and beyond.

What were the results from the consultation in July and August 2021? 

The survey results from the public consultation in July and August 2021 showed support for most of the proposals, including bus priority measures on the approach to Chain Bar roundabout on Bradford Road. As well as, improved pedestrian crossings between Chain Bar and Cleckheaton.

Respondents did not support proposals to remove car parking and provide a segregated cycle lane along the full length of this section of the A638.

We have listened to the feedback and used it to make some changes.

 

We are now asking for the views of the public on the new proposals. The new scheme proposals, all located along the A638 between Cleckheaton and A62 Leeds Road junction, include:

 

  • A new two-way segregated cycle lane between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike
  • Tidying up of parking spaces along the northern edge of the eastbound carriageway. This is to allow for the cycle lane to be integrated, whilst keeping the parking space numbers unchanged.
  • Improved and additional crossing points for walking and cycling across the A638 and several side roads.
  • Installation of traffic lights on Listing Lane junction.
  • Improved connections to Spen Valley Greenway and Spen Ringway with resurfacing, widening, vegetation cutback and public signage.
  • Traffic calming along Brooke Street, including one way arrangement

 

We are also moving forward with the scheme measures that were supported in the first round of the consultation, details can still be accessed on the Your Voice Page for the scheme.

In the first consultation, the proposed bus station at Heckmondwike received public support and is now being developed as a separate project.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“These planned transformational changes create opportunities for growth by improving connectivity across local and regional areas. Mobility is central to our communities and shapes how we live our lives; these changes will greatly alter how and why we use transport.

“The future of transport in Kirklees needs to balance a wide range of considerations. Capacity has a role to play, but it must be linked to making travel more sustainable overall, be this through lower emissions, less travel or better linking our journeys to housing and work.

“Having the public and businesses be a part of these consultations is vital to how we make decisions, we welcome engagement and feedback and I urge the residents of Kirklees to have their say.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“Making it easier to travel by bus, walk and cycle is a vital part of my commitment to make transport work for people and tackle the climate emergency on our way to becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.  That is why I am pleased to see these plans to improve the A638 between Dewsbury and Cleckheaton progress.

“A better and more inclusive transport network goes beyond getting people from A to B.  It is about making sure everyone can access job, education and training opportunities and getting all of us — our people, our communities, our businesses – to where we want to be as a region.”

What happens next? 

We are looking to take forward some parts of the scheme to construction in spring and summer 2022 using some supplementary funding provided by the Combined Authority’s ‘Active Travel Fund’. Majority of the scheme is intended to move to construction in winter 2022 with a completion target by the end of 2023.

Following the outcomes of this round of consultation, the results will be presented to councillors and a decision will be made on which additional measures will be included in the project.

Who is delivering the scheme? 

Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund programme are delivering the scheme. The aim of the programme is providing a viable alternative to car journeys.

When does the consultation end?

The public consultation runs from 15 February until 15 March 2022.

Take part in a public webinar 

Public webinars are running on the following dates and will be accessible via the below link.

  • 17 February, 12-1pm
  • 28 February, 3-4pm
  • 2 March, 6.30-7.30pm

Have your say

Find out more information and have your say on the Dewsbury to Cleckheaton Sustainable Travel Corridor scheme.