Work starts on A62 for Huddersfield’s Waterfront development

The next major step forward in the Waterfront Quarter redevelopment for Huddersfield is now underway with the start of the £950,000 package of highway works based in Manchester Road.

The scheme will prepare the infrastructure for the Waterfront development which is set to provide a new base for Kirklees College and hundreds of new jobs in Huddersfield.

Public consultation was carried out on the scheme in November 2009 and the scheme will now include:
• Pavement and road resurfacing between the ring road and St Thomas’s Road junction
• A new 24-hour bus and cycle lane westbound (towards Longroyd Bridge)
• New energy-efficient street lighting
• Relocation of the pedestrian islands
• new traffic lights to reduce congestion
• CCTV to increase security and monitor traffic
• ‘Real Time’ information in bus shelters to inform passengers when the next bus is coming
• road resurfacing throughout the length of the scheme.

Disruption to journeys will be kept to a minimum during weekdays and work will be suspended from late November to early January to allow for increased traffic levels into the town between Christmas and New Year.

This work is being co-ordinated with building work for the new Kirklees College and there will be a new traffic light controlled access to the college opposite Bankfield Road near Outcote Bank.

Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: This project is a whole package of improvements. We are helping to improve public transport, but the measures are also about long-term planning and are linked to the huge flagship development of the Waterfront Quarter.

“The Waterfront development is on site between Manchester Road, Chapel Hill and the River Colne so we need to have access in place and be prepared for the extra traffic this important development will generate.

“The Waterfront development is the single biggest regeneration project currently underway in Kirklees. The site will include a new building for Kirklees College, 300 new homes, 190,000 sq ft offices, plus cafes, bars and leisure facilities. It will provide hundreds of local jobs and create a brilliant community for people from far and wide.

“The scheme will also bring benefits for road users in a place that has suffered congestion for years and will also show potential investors in Huddersfield that we really mean business.”

The Manchester Road scheme has been developed in partnership with Metro and local bus operator First. It applies to the section of Manchester Road between Huddersfield Ring road and Longroyd Bridge. Work should be completed on the road scheme by March 2011.