Changes to the Dewsbury-Cleckheaton journey

Project overview

Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together to deliver major changes for the A638 Dewsbury-Cleckheaton corridor. The project is part of the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme. Kirklees Council has secured over £60m of this central government funding, with £12m allocated towards this corridor and £4m to the Heckmondwike bus hub.

A638 Dewsbury-Cleckheaton Sustainable Travel Corridor

Significant investment is planned along the A638 between Dewsbury and Cleckheaton. The project aims to improve journey times and experience for the users of this corridor, both on the main road and on the Spen Valley Greenway / Spen Ringway.

Bus priority treatments will be implemented along the corridor - enhancing bus reliability - together with new footways and crossings to help all prospective customers to access bus services. The scheme will also transform the continuity, safety and legibility of the cycle network through a set of on-street cycling upgrades and new and improved local links to Spen Valley Greenway / Spen Ringway, to maximise its usage, together with widening and lighting of the Greenway. This will help to create a holistic network to support everyday journeys, making cycling a mode of choice and providing high-value and active travel opportunities.

All plans are available on the comment link below.

Heckmondwike Bus Station

The TCF package will make the bus offer more attractive through upgrading the bus hub at Heckmondwike to a bus station. This aims to improve service capacity, customer experience and information provision at this important bus service crossroads. A safer and spacious waiting environment will provide for rising demand, reduce potential anti-social behaviour and help to regenerate the district centre.

Consultation outcome

The public consultation closed on the 17th August 2021. Responses to the surveys were as follows:

  • A638 Zones 1-3: 351
  • A638 Zones 4-6: 103
  • Spen Valley Greenway and Ringway: 340
  • Heckmondwike Bus Station: 133

All comments will be taken into account during the subsequent design and business case stage. A public consultation report summarising all of the feedback will be published on Your Voice following the submission of the Outline Business Case, scheduled for this calendar year.

We are aiming to launch a second round of public consultation in early 2022.

Next steps

The dates below outline the proposed key milestones in which the council is currently working towards delivering the projects.

Schedule for the A638 Dewsbury-Cleckheaton scheme
Date Activity
Outline Business Case submission November 2021
Second round of public consultation June 2022
Full Business Case submission September 2022
Start on site November 2022
Close on site 2023
Schedule for the Heckmondwike Bus Station scheme
Date Activity
Outline Business Case submission October 2021
Second round of public consultation January/February 2022
Planning application March 2022
Full Business Case submission March 2022
Start on site May 2022
Close on site 2023

Supporting information

1st September 2020 Cabinet Report

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