KCC – Newsletter #24 – December 2018


Hello Everybody,

and welcome to Newsletter No 24 from Kirklees Cycling Cam-paign.

John Lewis – Chair KCC

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Cooper Bridge:

If there is one thing that all local cyclists and would-be cyclists can agree about, it is the need to have a good cycle route be-tween Cooper Bridge and Brighouse. At present the only direct route is by using the A644 – one of the most hostile roads in West Yorkshire.
Over the past two or three decades promises of a making a route have come and gone, but now, at last, there seems to be a real possibility of it being realised.
This is almost entirely due to the new road plans proposed for Cooper Bridge, which are aimed at reducing the severe conges-tion and pollution in this area of employment and housing devel-opment.

A combination of “cycle proofing” (whereby cycle provision has to be included in a major road development) and the compulsory purchase of privately owned land, has made a cycle route through to Brighouse a real possibility and Kirklees have publicly an-nounced that they will be working with City Connect to try to achieve this.

Consultation on the Road Plans is now open, and will remain so until 18th January. It is, however, only the first stage of a process that will be going on for the next two years. This first stage of consultation is only asking for views on the various merits, or oth-erwise, of three possible road options. Further information is available via this link:

www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/A644LinkRoad

The various road options will almost certainly have have an im-pact on what route might be used for cyclists. It is important, therefore, that Kirklees receives a large number of responses highlighting the need and importance of a good quality cycle route. Please try to contribute a short response to the consultation if you believe that Kirklees should be constructing a cycle route. A large number of responses indicating this will enable them to ar-gue the need for this to WYCA.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal:

On November 30th the ribbon was cut formally announcing that the surfaced route between Longroyd Bridge and Milnsbridge is open. It is not perfect but it is a significant improvement, and has opened up a new all-weather route for cyclists.
It now means that the towpath is surfaced between Chapel Hill and Milnsbridge; and plans are now underway to continue this up to Slaithwaite.
This will make a pleasant alternative to using the Manchester Road, and will hopefully encourage more local people to get on a bike.

There are still problems, of course. When one gets to Longroyd Bridge or Chapel Hill cycle provision stops, and access to the town centre or the university is difficult and discourages new cy-clists.

Kirklees Cycling Campaign has proposals to improve this. Hope-fully these can be on the agenda for negotiation when the “South-ern Gateways” road plan consultation comes out in 2019.

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