Work to start soon on Halifax town centre transformation schemes

Work will start soon on a project to transform Halifax town centre after the appointment of a contractor.

The A629 Phase 2 Halifax town centre scheme, which has been funded through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, aims to transform public spaces in Halifax by creating new welcoming spaces, improving accessibility and traffic circulation around the town, and enhancing public transport connectivity.

Following a tender process, the construction company Galliford Try has been appointed by Calderdale Council to carry out the works. The complex scheme will be split into three parts – western, eastern and central – with work on each section to run separately and consecutively to minimise disruption.

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Work will include pedestrianisation of Market Street and a short length of Northgate, creation of a new public space outside Square Chapel and Halifax Central Library, additional and upgraded crossing facilities and new cycle routes and facilities at major junctions and throughout the town.

It will also encompass new bus priority access and new bus stops at Southgate, Ward’s End, Union Street, Church Street, Alfred Street East and Horton Street, rerouting of traffic, realignment of junctions and changes the road layout, including removing the Bull Green roundabout to create a more efficient layout, and planting of trees and landscaping.

More information including first phase drawings, are available to view online at calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects/a629-halifax-town-centre. Initial work will begin by the end of this month.

A small number of trees and hedgerows near the roundabout and central reservation of the A629 at Cow Green/Bull Green will have to be removed to facilitate the works. The aim is to minimise the impact on existing trees, and more than 100 more will be planted in various places across the town centre with further landscaping work taking place as the project progresses, says the council.

Work on the scheme will fully begin in spring 2024, with Galliford Try setting up a work compound from April in Union Street car park. This means the car park will be unavailable for public parking for the duration of the works.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for climate action, active travel and housing, Coun Scott Patient said work would transform Halifax town centre, with a focus upon environment, accessibility, transport choice and economic opportunity.

He said: “The scheme will create welcoming gateways and enhance the look and feel of the centre, with better connections to facilities across the town and improved links with wider communities. The project will also bring climate benefits, supporting improved public transport connectivity and cycle infrastructure, as well as rerouting traffic to improve air quality within the town centre.

“This really is a milestone moment for Halifax and is a major part of the huge amount of investment which is transforming the town for future generations.”

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