Kirklees Cycling Campaign Newsletter #36 January 2020


Transforming Cities Fund:

 

Just before Christmas West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) made a bid for £60M from the DfT’s Transforming Cities Fund which aims to improve conditions for Cycling and Walking.

 

All the WYCA authorities, including Kirklees, were asked to give details of their proposals to the team making the bid; and in addition to this, local stakeholders, including Kirklees Cycling Campaign were asked to send a statement of support for the Kirklees bid that was sent to Grant Shapps in December.

 

The problem was that the details of the proposals were shrouded in secrecy and KCC were not told what Kirklees’s proposals were. After some partial relenting, we were told that the Proposed Protected Cycle Route between Waterloo and Huddersfield Town Centre was included in the bid, and on this basis I wrote a Statement of Support.

 

The details of the complete bid have now been made public and I have included this as an attachment to the Email. The Dft will announce which nation-wide bids are successful in April of the year.

 

It is an enormous document that does not encourage the potential reader. But if one concentrates on the bid from Kirklees, one will see that it does indeed, include the making of a 6km protected cycle route between Waterloo and Huddersfield Railway Station.

 

It does also, however, have many other proposals – some of which raise serious questions as to whether they are the best use of such a significant sum of money for Cycling and Walking.

 

With this in mind, KCC will be asking how an expensive footbridge over Castlegate from the Bus Station, is the best solution to the difficulties experienced by pedestrians and cyclists at the Trinity Street/Castlegate crossing.

 

The full bid proposals can be found on this link:

https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/improving-transport/transforming-cities-fund/

 

Cycle Route Links – Update:

 

Most cyclists avoid Huddersfield Town Centre as there never seems to be a route through to where one wants to get to. There are some future changes planned, but at the moment, the streets are designed to get car traffic onto the Ring Road as quickly as possible and, by and large, there are few distinctions for the rules between motor traffic and bicycles.

 

This time last year KCC produced  a map of 9 cycle routes through Huddersfield Town Centre. It was accompanied by a description of each route, and aimed to outline the degree to which the route was practical, and what improvements were required to make it so.

 

Being confronted with 9 routes all at the same time was probably confusing for many, so in this Newsletter, I thought that it might be helpful to focus on a  more singular problem:

 

Imagine that you are wheeling your bike out of the Bike Hub at Huddersfield Railway Station and intending to go to somewhere in the Holme Valley (Honley, for example).

The Route Map gives a description of three possible southbound routes, and one northbound, between the Railway station and Queen Street South. It aims to help the individual cyclist decide on the best route for them at the present time.

 

Why not give them a try out, if you’re on a bike near Huddersfield Town Centre.

 

John Lewis – Chair KCC