More work on theNews way af­ter phase one

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

WORK to widen a main road from Hud­der­s­field into Hal­i­fax has been com­pleted – but more road­works are on the way.

Improvements be­tween Sal­ter­heb­ble Hill and Shaw Hill is the first part of the £120m A629 im­prove­ment pro­gramme, funded by the West York­shire-plus Trans­port Fund.

The work has seen the resur­fac­ing of 3km of road that runs from Sal­ter­heb­ble to the new Shaw Hill junc­tion.

As part of the pro­ject, 5,000 tonnes of soil have been re­moved to widen the high­way to four lanes.

Two junc­tions have been re­mod­elled and 6,000 soil bags and seven mil­lion seeds have been used to help cre­ate a ‘liv­ing wall.’

Pedes­trian and cy­cle lanes have also been in­cluded, mak­ing for safer jour­neys.

The road is a main route into Hal­i­fax and is used by peo­ple from Hud­der­s­field head­ing to Calderdale Royal Hos­pi­tal at Sal­ter­heb­ble, Hal­i­fax.

A Calderdale Coun­cil spokesman said the pro­ject had been com­plex.

“As is usual for a pro­ject of this com­plex­ity, it has not been with­out its chal­lenges.

“Work­ers had to con­tend with the dis­cov­ery of three un­charted stone arch cul­verts from the time of the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, as well as bat­tling against ‘the Beast from the East’ in one of the harsh­est win­ters for some time.”

Now com­pleted, this first pro­ject paves the way for fur­ther improvements in the next ma­jor part of the scheme - the Calder and Heb­ble junc­tion.

This pro­ject will in­clude the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ing on the west­ern side of Sal­ter­heb­ble Hill ad­ja­cent to Bankhouse Lane, to cre­ate a con­tin­u­ous dual car­riage­way in both di­rec­tions through to El­land Wood Bot­tom and re­move the tem­po­rary lane merges.

Com­bined, the up­grades will bring “sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions to jour­ney times and mas­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness growth in Calderdale”, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

Calderdale Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Re­gen­er­a­tion and Eco­nomic Strat­egy, Clr Barry Collins, said: “The com­ple­tion of work on Sal­ter­heb­ble Hill is a ma­jor mile­stone in the work to tackle congestion on the A629 be­tween Hal­i­fax and Hud­der­s­field.

“The pro­ject has been chal­leng­ing and com­plex, but I’m pleased that we will now start to see the ben­e­fits, with bet­ter man­aged traf­fic flow and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.”

Clr Kim Groves, chair­man of the West York­shire Com­bined Au­thor­ity Trans­port Com­mit­tee, said: “The Sal­ter­heb­ble improvements are part of what is cur­rently the largest scheme in our West York­shire-plus Trans­port Fund pro­gramme, to which we have al­ready com­mit­ted around £120m of in­vest­ment.

“The five-phase A629 scheme will help re­duce congestion, im­prove jour­ney times, boost pub­lic trans­port use and im­prove cy­cling and walk­ing con­di­tions along the key route be­tween the towns of Hal­i­fax, in Calderdale, and Hud­der­s­field, in Kirklees.

“Sal­ter­heb­ble has thrown up in­ter­est­ing chal­lenges and in­no­va­tive solutions such as the new ver­ti­cal gar­den, sowed with 7 mil­lion seeds, which will ab­sorb harm­ful car­bon diox­ide and ni­tro­gen diox­ide.”

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