£2.3m to ease Hipperholme traffic hot spot

Calderdale Council has successfully bid for grants worth £2.3 million to pay for improvements to a well known congestion hot spot in Hipperholme.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Calderdale Council £2.3 million from its Local Pinch Point Fund, giving the go-ahead to improve the A58 junction of Halifax Road/ Denholme Gate Road / Leeds Road / Brighouse Road / Wakefield Road.

Further funding will be provided by the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan, from money set aside to support bids for strategic transport infrastructure. Most of the land needed is already either within the existing highway boundary or owned by the Council.

The scheme will alter the junction to improve free flowing traffic in all directions. There will also be improvements to the pedestrian crossings to provide safer and easier access within the centre of Hipperholme.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Councillor Barry Collins said:

“This scheme will have a major impact on commuters and pedestrians who regularly travel on this well used route. Journey times will be reduced and the reliability of public transport through the junction will significantly improve.”

Work on the scheme will begin in spring 2014 and is expected to be completed in June 2015.

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