A62 works set to improve key Kirklees gateway for pedestrians and cyclists

The next stage of improvements to the A62, one of the key gateways to Kirklees, will begin on 4 April 2022.

This is part of a long-running project by Kirklees Council to tackle this route’s issues with congestion, slow journey times and poor air quality, as well as safety.  We’ll be making 2km of improvements for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, stretching from Old Fieldhouse Lane to Huddersfield Ring Road.

The A62 is one of our key gateways to Kirklees, providing access to several other major transport routes, including the M62.  It also provides links to many existing employment sites – improved access to which should help support the creation of over 1,000 new jobs – and links to land which will provide over 2,500 new homes in Kirklees.

During this stage of work, the focus will be on making routes safer for pedestrians and cyclists.  We will also create more green spaces alongside the road and improve sustainable drainage to avoid flooding.

Sustainable transport

Improvements will be made to sustainable transport routes along the A62, as part of the council’s commitment to offering real alternatives for our residents to travel by car.

We will provide new cycle lanes throughout the length of the A62.  Some of these will be on-road, and some will be separate.

We’ll also be amending traffic signals to improve safety and capacity for cyclists and pedestrians, and will also improve bus stops and shelters on the route.

Reducing congestion

We’ll be making upgrades to increase the highway’s capacity and reduce congestion, helping improve journey times for everyone travelling to and from Huddersfield, and improving air quality.

We’ll be upgrading the following junctions:

  • A62 and Bradley Mills Road
  • A62 and St. Andrew’s Road
  • A62, Hillhouse Lane and Thistle Street
  • A62 and Gasworks Street (removal of gyratory to be replaced with two signalised junctions)
  • Lower Fitzwilliam Street and Great Northern Retail Park

Further improvements

We will also create almost a hectare of green areas along the A62, as part of our commitment to making this area a nicer place to live, work and visit.

This includes grass verges, tree planting and sustainable drainage systems.  As well as the practical benefits, these additions will also make open spaces along the route much more attractive.

We will also be making further improvements to the road surface, specifically to improve sustainable drainage and help avoid flooding on this busy commuting road.

How will traffic be affected?

This stage of work should last around 12 months.  During this period there will be some delays and disruption, but this will be kept to a minimum.

There will be partial road closures, but our aim for the duration of these improvements is to keep traffic running throughout the route.  Our main focuses are to ensure safety for all road users and maintaining access for local businesses.

Construction’s normal working hours will be Monday to Friday between 7:30am and 6:30pm, and Saturdays between 8am and 1pm.  Work may also occur between 7:30pm and 6am.  There will be no works on public holidays.

We’ll also make sure there are no traffic restrictions on Gasworks Street, St. Andrew’s Road or Thistle Street when events are taking place at John Smith’s Stadium, particularly on match days for Huddersfield Town Football Club and the Huddersfield Giants.

More information 

If you’d like to contact us for more information, or get live updates on the works, you can email highways.ROSS@kirklees.gov.uk

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