Millions available to tackle traffic congestion in Calderdale

Traffic congestion at Stump Cross, Halifax.
Traffic congestion at Stump Cross, Halifax.
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Calderdale’s worst congested roads. including the A58 between Stump Cross and Hipperholme, and on the A629 Elland/Calderdale Way, could benefit from a £1 billion handout.

Brighouse could also get a bypass and a new junction with the M62 at Rastrick.

The schemes have been nominated by Calderdale Council using money available to West Yorkshire authoritites through the Leeds City Deal.

The Highways Agency is also working with Calderdale and Kirklees to improve the Ainley Top junction, possibly by installing traffic lights.

Calderdale’s economy and environment spokesman, Coun Barry Collins (Lab), said: “It is quite clear that the Highways Agency is preparing for major improvements on the M62 from junctions 18-29.”

Meanwhile, the five West Yorkshire councils have been working on ways to divide up the £1 billion transport investment fund. He said there were originally 75 plans on the table but this had been narrowed down.

“If it comes off it will require government funding, support from the private sector and investment from the councils. The by-pass in Brighouse is an aspiration to try to ease congestion in the town centre and help connect Bradford and Huddersfield,” he said.

Brighouse councillor Colin Stout (Ind) said they didn’t want a road to by-pass the town but Coun Ann Martin (Lab) said the sooner the roads were built the better. “No matter what time of day you drive through or around Brighouse, the traffic can be a nightmare.”

Tory councillor Scott Benton (Brighouse) said: “We need a road between the industrial estates on Wakefield Road and Birds Royd Lane as this would divert lorries from the town centre easing pressure on the main routes into Brighouse.”

as part of the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.

Upgrading the Caldervale railway line from Leeds to Manchester is also a priority.