Local authorities in West Yorkshire have published plans for a new bus station in Halifax, costing £15.4m.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) said its scheme, with Calderdale Council, ‘aims to deliver a modern, fit for purpose facility that complements the surrounding heritage, public realm and urban fabric of Halifax town centre’.
Proposals include a level and fully enclosed passenger concourse with improved facilities that ensure the separation of passengers and buses and aim to improve accessibility and safety.
The concourse would include opportunities for shops and cafés, real-time information for buses and nearby train services and charging points for electric buses and cycles.
Plans for a new bus station were submitted as part of a West Yorkshire package to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Transforming Cities Fund bidding process.
WYCA said a funding decision is expected in March, with all projects needing to be completed by March 2023.
Cllr Kim Groves, chair of the WYCA Transport Committee, said: ‘If our bid is successful and the scheme can go ahead, we would have just two years to deliver this major scheme, which is why we have carried out development work and now want to ensure local people’s views are taking into account as part of the tight timescale.’
Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources, said: ‘Good connectivity and effective public transport solutions are essential in allowing more people to travel into town and cities quickly and affordably.’
WYCA said the redeveloped station will be an important transport hub and gateway into Halifax town centre, making changing between transport modes simple and improving connectivity with near-level walking routes to key destinations across the town centre.
From Monday 13 January to Wednesday 12 February, people will be able to see the plans and feedback their views online via the WYCA’s Your Voice website. There will be drop-in sessions where people can see the plans, meet the project team, ask questions and provide feedback.