Plans are being drawn up to create a bus rail interchange in Halifax as part of plans to regenerate the town and create more jobs.
Work has commenced on a revised bus routing and strategy for the town centre on part of the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.
The plans include the construction of a new interchange at the current rail station site which is provisionally scheduled to open in 2018.
The facility will have five bus stands and will be able to accommodate 30 buses per hour.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Barry Collins, said: “The proposed plans for Halifax Bus Station and bus infrastructure are part of the wider West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund programme – a £150m programme of works to deliver improvements to the road, rail, bus, cycle and pedestrian networks along the A629 and within Halifax town Centre.
“The plans are still at a very early stage, and nothing has been confirmed yet, but by introducing a bus/rail interchange, it will make it easier for those arriving by train to continue their onward journey by bus and reduce journey travel time.
“The planned location will also be close to the main tourist attractions of the town, and will complement the Piece Hall and Central Library development.”
The existing bus station will have a reduced foot print with the facility adopting a “drive in, reverse out” arrangement similar to those in Keighley and Huddersfield. This system would be able to accommodate 100 buses per hour.
On street “bus hubs” will also be created with improved passenger waiting facilities from 2018.
In the documents that will go before the Calderdale District Consultation Sub Committee of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, it stated: “The main purpose of the strategy and plan is to assist in the regeneration of the town centre and therefore employment opportunities through, unlocking sites to attract investment, attracting people to spend more time in the town centre and providing commercial accommodation to support business and encourage growth.
“The construction will be phased to minimise disruption for bus users, businesses and car drivers.
“Consultation is scheduled with the bus operators, and District Consultation Sub-Committee members will have an opportunity to provide input at a future meeting.”
The plans will be discussed by members of the sub-committee next Tuesday.
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