Plans to improve the A629 between Halifax and Huddersfield have taken a step forward with the appointment of John Sisk & Son as contractor for Phase 1b of the project – the Calder and Hebble junction.

Following a tender exercise, construction company John Sisk & Son has been appointed to carry out the construction work of the A629 Phase 1b – a £27m project which is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund. As part of the design and build scheme, Sisk and Son has appointed consultants WSP to work on the design elements

The improvement plans focus on the key areas of Huddersfield Road, Stainland Road and Wakefield Road. A new link road will be created via a bridge spanning the Calder and Hebble Navigation to a roundabout on Stainland Road. The project will include facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and a section of new northbound bus lane on Stainland Road.

A new signal-controlled junction at the interchange of A629 / Jubilee Road and an improved approach lane will also be introduced, as well as landscaping along Stainland Road and additional access points to the canal tow path.

When complete, the scheme will deliver improved access to Copley, Sowerby Bridge and Halifax and aims to improve journey times between Huddersfield and Halifax by up to 30%.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:

“Phase 1b of the A629 project represents the largest civil engineering project Calderdale will have undertaken for several decades. It will see the landscape around the Calder and Hebble junction completely transformed.

“The new link road bridge and other improvements will make a real difference to traffic flow in the area, subsequently improving air quality and reducing ‘rat running’ on smaller village roads in the area. The landscape around the area will also be improved with the demolition of the derelict former Punchbowl Pub, making a real difference to the gateway to Halifax.

“I’m pleased that a contractor has now been appointed for the project, allowing initial work to begin this year.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said:

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Calderdale Council on this scheme, which will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport, as well as improving journey times for people travelling by car.

“The Combined Authority is committed to leading the economic recovery from the pandemic and schemes such as this one will play a vital role.”

Preparation work will begin in early this year and it is anticipated construction will start in the summer. Completion of the Phase 1b scheme is expected to be late 2022.

The A629 improvement programme has received funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

For more information on the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund programme in Calderdale, visit www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk

Further explanations are below about the groups involved:

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority works in partnership with local councils and businesses to ensure that everyone in the region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network. By championing the region’s interests nationally and internationally, the Combined Authority secures the investment to deliver better transport and housing, help businesses to grow and create jobs. For more information visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

Local Growth Fund 

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.  

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.  

Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits. 

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England.
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.

Northern Powerhouse

  • The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK.
  • The government has awarded £3.4bn in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.
  • 17 Enterprise Zones across the North have already attracted £1.3bn of private sector investments and helped attract nearly 9,000 jobs since 2012.

About John Sisk & Son

John Sisk & Son is an innovative, international, civil engineering  and construction business with long term vision and who celebrated 160 years in operation in 2019.

Sisk is active across a range of sectors and regions with offices in St Albans, Solihull, Warrington and Bristol. They deliver projects and programmes in key sectors such as Highways, Infrastructure, Rail, Marine and Land Remediation. They are also active in other sectors including, Data and Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Commercial, Residential, Retail, Industrial, Leisure, Education and Energy.

Sisk is Ireland’s No1 provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland and mainland Europe and has the track record, scale and capacity to successfully undertake large, complex, critical infrastructure and multidisciplinary programmes. They are recognised by global clients as world leaders in safe delivery.