New road scheme outlined for King Cross

New bus lane for Queens Road, Halifax.
New bus lane for Queens Road, Halifax.

A new scheme to improve congestion and alleviate ‘rat-running’ by drivers travelling through King Cross, Halifax, have been outlined amid safety concerns.

A meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority at Halifax Town Hall heard about planned changes to the road layout at Queen’s Road that will see the installation of a bus lane, two sets of traffic lights and changes to on-street parking.

Coun Jenny Lynn (Lab, Park) told the meeting: “We’re going to be starting a major traffic management scheme to help people in wheelchairs or with mobility difficulties cross over Queen’s Road in a much safer way.

“Parking will be available on one side of road and bus stops will be moved.

“I hope within six months time the situation will be a whole lot better.”

Three sets of public consultation have already taken place over the scheme, and work should take place over the winter.

The meeting heard how bus drivers currently using Queen’s Road were struggling to get through during busy periods because of people parking in bus lanes for short periods of time.

A spokesman for First Bus told the meeting: “It’s absolutely horrendous - no buses can get through.

He added: “There is going to be a serious accident up there.”