Major diversion for Halifax and Brighouse commuters for new cycle lane

Lane closed at start of the Calderdale way near Salterhebble for constuction of cycle lane.
Lane closed at start of the Calderdale way near Salterhebble for constuction of cycle lane.

MOTORISTS using the main road between Halifax and Brighouse will face a detour through Elland when work starts on a new cycle lane.

The council has warned drivers that the slip road off the Calderdale Way to the A624 Park Road will be shut for up to 10 days in March.

“Diversions will be in place via Elland-Riorges Link, Briggate and Elland Bridge during this period,” according to the council’s highways spokesman Richard Binks.

“We apologise in advance for any disruption during this work which will improve safety for cyclists on this busy main road.”

Calderdale Council is to create a mile long off-road cycle route alongside the A629 Calderdale Way.

It could complement improvements at the bottom of Salterhebble Hill.

Here, the Hebble Trail passes under the main road along the line of a former branch canal into Halifax.

The council in conjunction with Metro has been promised money from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve access routes for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled users between Elland and Halifax.

The funding is phased over three years and initially there is £100,000 to improve access.

To create a level access to the trail and avoid a flight of steps, the council is looking to build a “pontoon” bridge and expects to submit a planning application any day.

“In addition to the pontoon the existing underpass is to be refurbished which will make it more accessible and user-friendly.

“The existing planting beds which now dominate the underpass will be removed and the path widened. Appropriate lighting is being considered for the underpass with time clock control.”

Subject to the planning approval, the aim is to install the pontoon by the end of March.