road improvement scheme

John Sisk & Son has been appointed to carry out works on the £27m A629 Phase 1b, Halifax to Huddersfield improvement scheme

The road improvement scheme focuses on the key areas of Huddersfield Road, Stainland Road and Wakefield Road. A new link road will be created via a bridge spanning the Calder and Hebble navigation to a roundabout on Stainland Road.

The project will include facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and a section of new northbound bus lane on Stainland Road.

A new signal-controlled junction at the interchange of A629 / Jubilee Road and an improved approach lane will also be provided, as well as landscaping along Stainland Road and additional access points to the canal towpath.

When complete, the road improvement scheme will deliver enhanced access to Copley, Sowerby Bridge and Halifax and aims to improve journey times between Huddersfield and Halifax by up to 30%.

As part of the design and build scheme, Sisk has appointed consultants, WSP to work on the design elements.

‘Deliver a range of benefits to the local community’

Nick Culshaw, managing director of UK civils and rail at John Sisk & Son, said: “I’m delighted that John Sisk & Son has been awarded the A629 project.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to collaboratively develop Calderdale and the surrounding area.

“We’re excited to start work on this project and help provide these benefits to the people of Calderdale.”

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and strategy, councillor Jane Scullion, commented: “Phase 1b of the A629 project represents the largest civil engineering project Calderdale will have undertaken for several decades.

“It will see the landscape around the Calder and Hebble junction completely transformed.

“The new link road bridge and other improvements will make a real difference to traffic flow in the area, subsequently improving air quality and reducing ‘rat running’ on smaller village roads in the area.

“The landscape around the area will also be improved with the demolition of the derelict former Punchbowl Pub, making a real difference to the gateway to Halifax.

“I’m pleased that a contractor has now been appointed for the project, allowing initial work to begin this year.”

Chris Jones, head of highways at WSP, added: “We’re thrilled to be part of this collaborative team delivering Phase 1b of the A629 corridor improvements.

“The purpose of this scheme is to deliver a range benefits to the local community, including improved traffic flow and enhanced bus and cycle connectivity, all of which will help Calderdale Council deliver upon its Vision 2024 aspiration for both residents and businesses.”

Preparation work will begin early this year and it is anticipated construction will start in the summer.

Completion of the Phase 1b improvement scheme is expected to be late 2022.

The A629 scheme has received funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal.

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