Updates to schedule of upcoming A62 improvements will mean less disruption for residents and businesses

Highways worker digging a road

The next stage of improvements to the A62, one of the key gateways to Kirklees, are due to begin next week on Monday 4 April.

This is part of a long-running project to tackle the route’s issues with congestion, slow journey times and poor air quality, as well as safety.  We’ll be making over 2km of improvements for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The improvements stretch from Old Fieldhouse Lane to Huddersfield Ring Road.  You can read more about the project in our previous article on the A62 Leeds Road SMART corridor.

The schedule of work has recently been updated. This will now mean a shorter, more intense schedule of road closures – with several benefits for those living or working nearby.

How has the work schedule changed?

Part of the scheduled works are improvements to the A62 junction at Thistle Street and Hillhouse Lane.

The original plan was for works here to last up to six months, with closures only at off peak times (between 9:30am and 3:30pm).

We are now aiming to complete this work much faster, with a solid period of closure over just seven to eight weeks.

This means that, during this short period, the junction will be closed and traffic rerouted 24 hours a day.  But, because of this, all work will be done and dusted in a third of the time.

Why the update?

There are several benefits to this new schedule.

Aside from a much shorter period of disruption in this area, the overall works will now end two months sooner. The work will now end in early December this year. This will avoide disruption around the Great Northern Retail Park just before Christmas.

The closures will also be outside of football season. This will not impact your access to any events at the John Smith’s Stadium. Businesses will be guaranteed access throughout the closure.

This update also takes into account upcoming work on the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) – improvements to local railway infrastructure which aim to drastically improve our connectivity in the north of England.  We’ve therefore been working with Network Rail to minimise disruption on the roads at any one time, and make sure there are fully open routes available throughout the year.

Both schemes will bring huge benefits to travel in and out of Kirklees.  As well as improvements to congestion and journey times, and to sustainable transport options, they will also make Kirklees generally better connected with the rest of the north and the UK – making us a more attractive area for tourism and new business too.

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 or download the Hello Worx! app from your app store.

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