Plans for a £15.8m Halifax bus station delivered by West Yorkshire Combined Authority in partnership with Calderdale Council due to funding from Leeds City Region’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) are moving a step closer.
Pre-construction works are due to start on the site today (2 March) in preparation for replacing the existing bus station with a new state-of-the art facility.
These works will take place for a short period of time, with construction due to start in full this summer and construction work is expected to continue until late 2022.
The scheme will be delivered through Leeds City Region’s £317m Transforming Cities Fund, a major new programme of transport infrastructure investment secured as part of West Yorkshire’s devolution deal earlier this year.
The fund is helping to transform gateways to towns and cities across the region by making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.
Alongside improved passenger facilities and better access to the town centre, plans for the new bus station include environmentally friendly features, including measures to enable the future introduction of electric bus charging points, bike parking and solar panels.
Commenting, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, Councillor Kim Groves said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Calderdale Council on this important scheme, which will make it easier for people to move around our region.
“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we continue to invest in a modern, accessible transport network, which supports economic growth by connecting more people with job, training and education opportunities.
“Our region deserves a transport system which fills people with pride, with optimism and above all, with the confidence that we have a clear direction of travel towards future prosperity for all, while helping us achieve our aim of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Councillor Jane Scullion said: “The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s work on Halifax bus station will complement other transport improvements around the town to provide a more coordinated travel network with better connections to the West Yorkshire region.
“I’m pleased that preparation work for the scheme is now taking place and that work can begin later this year on a safer, more accessible bus station that meets the needs of existing and future passengers.”