Public backing for ambitious A629 bridge plan from Elland bypass

What the bridge from Elland bypass could like in the future (Picture Pell Frischmann)
What the bridge from Elland bypass could like in the future (Picture Pell Frischmann)

The public has backed plans for an ambitious project that will see a new bridge built over the canal from the Elland bypass.

The project includes a new link road between the A629 and Stainland Road via a new bridge spanning the Calder and Hebble Navigation with a new roundabout on Stainland Road, widening Elland Wood Bottom and Stainland Road.

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From late August to mid-September a consultation was held for people to have their say on the A629 Calder and Hebble Junction project.

The engagement campaign included an exhibition of the proposals at the Halifax Central Library, online materials including a survey, and a drop-in session at Clay House in West Vale.

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In a report detailing the feedback on the project its said: "Overall, respondents found that travelling through the area currently is difficult (61 per cent of respondents found travelling to be difficult of very difficult and only nine per cent found it easy).

"This difficulty is compounded for these respondents, as 71 per cent travel through the Calder and Hebble Junction three or more days a week and 88 per cent of all respondents were car drivers or passengers.

"When respondents were asked whether they support the project proposals, 80 per cent said they either support or strongly support the proposals and 67 per cent of respondents think that the proposals will achieve the project aims of improved employment opportunities, reduced congestion, improved journey times, improved walking, cycling and public transport access, improved air quality and safer journeys).

"Overall the public engagement was a success, thousands of people were reached with the message that we had up to date plans that we wanted to share and that we were encouraging public feedback.

"Although the number of survey responses was low there are still clear trends from the data that support the business case for this project.

"Travelling through the area is difficult and the majority of respondents agree that the plans will improve congestion and achieve our aims for growth.

"There are a handful of actions from the feedback that will be considered and incorporated into the project proposals and the Communications and stakeholder engagement plan.

"Once reviewed, these proposed actions will be published along with the Council’s response.

"We will continuously promote the project proposals throughout the planning stage, updating people on any progress made. When the Full Business Case is being developed a programme of stakeholder and public engagement will be delivered – again the aim of this engagement will be to receive feedback and work out any issues, and to promote the project and its benefit."