Ten weeks of roads misery - please be patient, council tells motorists

Orange Street: already it can get congested as the work goes on.
Orange Street: already it can get congested as the work goes on.

THE NEW Year will bring traffic snarl-ups to Halifax town centre as part of the Broad Street development.

Orange Street will closed for 10 weeks from January 9, to realign the road and create access for the Plaza’s multi-storey car park.

Only the east side of the carriageway, heading away from the Orange Street roundabout into the town centre will be affected by the closure but, as it’s one of the busiest routes into town, it is expected to cause disruption to commuters.

A Calderdale Council spokesman said: “The alternative route is via the slip road from the roundabout to Pellon Lane, left into Pellon Lane, continuing to its junction with Cow Green, where vehicles will then be able to retrace their route.

“The closure is necessary to enable the final stages of the Broad Street Plaza development.

“We hope the travelling public will not be too inconvenienced and will continue to be patient as the Broad Street Plaza nears its much-anticipated opening date.”

The work will include creating a new junction into the plaza’s multi-storey car park from the Orange Street roundabout and formation of a new exit road across the existing dual carriageway on Orange Street.

Building works will be completed on the new Premier Inn on the plaza site as well as a new lay-by will also be created for taxis and vehicles servicing the hotel.

Marshall Construction Ltd, who are carrying out the building, hope to complete the work by March 18 with the plaza due to open later that month.

Work began on the Broad Street development in 2010 with major disruptions on the Orange Street roundabout and Broad Street since then.

An extra lane was added to the roundabout and improvements made to the slip road towards Pellon Lane.

The bus station entrance was temporarily relocated to Winding Road while the Broad Street improvements were made.