Kirklees Council, working closely with the neighbouring authorities of Calderdale and Bradford, and with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the A641 to help provide better connections for the communities along the route between Huddersfield, Brighouse and Bradford.

There are a number of transport related issues in this area. These include congestion, unreliable journey times, poor air quality, low quality public realm and the lack of safe and attractive facilities for people choosing to walk or cycle.

Working with partners, building on existing knowledge and using your feedback, an ambitious series of improvement schemes have been identified along the A641 to address these challenges. These schemes will enhance accessibility and connectivity for local communities. The schemes will also contribute to carbon reduction and air quality improvements by delivering improved travel choices that make travel by bus, and for people who choose to walk and cycle, more convenient.

We would like to hear your views on the proposed improvements.

To help you understand the schemes, more information is provided below and a series of plans and designs can be found on the Your Voice website.

Proposed interventions

In responding to the current challenges and future opportunities the proposed interventions seek to provide better connections, better access and better places for communities and all users of the A641.

The route stretches from Odsal and Bankfoot in Bradford through Wyke, Bailiff Bridge, and Fartown to Huddersfield Ring Road.

The schemes have been developed to deliver a more efficient transport network and prioritise walking, wheeling, cycling, and public transport to support low carbon growth, and to address community severance, improve safety, create quality places, and enhance connectivity to and by public transport for communities along the A641.

This has resulted in a range of proposals including:

  • Improved cycling facilities including segregated cycle paths
  • New and improved crossings including improvements to side roads to provide continuous footways
  • Redesigned junctions to improve traffic flow and provide safe facilities for those walking and cycling
  • New river crossings in Brighouse
  • New bus lanes and bus priority on Brighouse ring road
  • Improvement to local community areas adjacent to schools to create safe and healthy street environments, which work well for all people
  • Improved landscaping, tree planting and placemaking
  • Improved access to existing greenways and green space, and the creation of a new greenway along the former Pickle Bridge railway route

For the purpose of this consultation the corridor has been split into five areas:

  • Area 1 - Bankfoot to Wyke Lion
  • Area 2 - Wyke Lion to Brighouse
  • Area 3 - Brighouse Town Centre
  • Area 4 - Brighouse Rail Station to M62
  • Area 5 - M62 to Huddersfield

Although, only area 5 is in Kirklees, the plans and designs for each area can be found on the Your Voice website.

Understanding your views

We want your views on the proposed improvements so we can identify and develop the best schemes to form a final package of schemes.

At present West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has allocated funding of £75.5 million to the scheme through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, with additional development funding from the Transforming Cities Fund, but the proposals in this consultation exceed that funding. This means your views are crucial to shaping the schemes that are taken forward.

Have your say

We are now asking the public to share their views on our plans.

This consultation is live between 19th July and 7th August 2021.

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Contact us

For more information visit: Your Voice

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