Calderdale Council appoints Mott MacDonald to A629 scheme

Calderdale Council has appointed Mott MacDonald as design contractor for Phase 4 of its A629 improvement scheme.  

Following a tender exercise, the company has been appointed to support the development of Phase 4 – a £25.9million project which is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund. 

Phase 4 is the final stage of the A629 highways project in Calderdale and complements the other A629 schemes in Calderdale and Kirklees. It focuses on reducing congestion at Ainley Top and improving the pedestrian, cycle and bus connectivity along the A629 route. 

Initial outline designs for this phase were approved by the Combined Authority last year. Calderdale Council will now work with Mott MacDonald to develop a comprehensive business case with detailed modelling and structural designs. 

The plans also aim to improve bus journey times along the A629 and facilitate a possible express service between Halifax and Huddersfield.  

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion, said: “Using funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, we’ve been able to develop this major infrastructure improvement project which will also support our economic growth. 

“Improving the travel experience for cyclists, bus users and pedestrians along this busy stretch of road is an important part of our overall objective to improve connectivity between Halifax and other major towns and cities. 

“I’m pleased that we’ve now appointed an experienced contractor to support our detailed design work, allowing us to progress this important scheme.” 

It is anticipated that the Full Business Case will be completed by spring 2022 and subject to approvals, it is hoped that work can start on Phase 4 scheme around summer 2022.