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Plans for Halifax redevelopment submitted

Words: Laura Edgar
Artist’s impression of the Eastern Gateway / Calderdale Council

Designs for the redevelopment of parts of Halifax town centre have been submitted to Calderdale Council.

Plans for the area between Halifax rail station and The Piece Hall, which is known as the ‘Eastern Gateway’, were redeveloped after the Hughes Corporation building was listed.

The redevelopment of Halifax town centre is part of the council’s wider plans to tackle congestion on the A629 between Halifax and Huddersfield. It is hoped that the plans will boost the local economy.

This phase of the project includes the creation of a modified route into and out of the east of Halifax, which allows through traffic to avoid the town centre. Improvements to the western route have been identified to reduce congestion – as well as emissions – to improve air quality.

Walking and cycling around the town will be made easier, and bus users will see a revised bus network to allow for better connectivity with the rail station, and a new bus station is planned for the existing site. Market Street could also be pedestrianised.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund will provide cash for the project.

Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources, said: “This is a key milestone in the much-anticipated transformation of Halifax town centre. The revised proposals around the Piece Hall and rail station are really exciting, as the former Hughes Corporation building is cleverly worked into plans to make the area more attractive and accessible.

“This phase of the A629 project will make it much easier to get around the town and will especially benefit users of public transport, cyclists and pedestrians. The benefits of the scheme and investment in and around the town centre will also provide opportunities for workers, residents and visitors to the town.”

Should the plans be approved, and further agreement with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority signed off, work on the town centre could start on site in spring 2021.

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