The next phase of a major multi-million pound to improve the A629 linking Halifax and Huddersfield will go before Calderdale planners this month.

It will include building a new road bridge over the Calder and Hebble Navigation and aims to improve traffic flow, with multi-modal improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users too.

Calderdale Council’s application will come before the council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday, May 21, at Halifax Town Hall (the session begins at 2pm).

The proposed works to the A629 Huddersfield Road and B6112 Stainland Road corridor and the A6026 Wakefield Road junction will include the new bridge, a new roundabout on the B6112, a new link road between the A629 and B6112 and associated works taking in earthworks, realignment and widening of carriageways, new signal controlled junctions, footways, cycle ways, bus stops, retaining walls, drainage work and any landscaping.

Proposals target the current “pinch point” of the current Calder and Hebble junction, which includes the A629, B6112 and A6026.

They include extinguishing the existing link between the A629 and the current mini-roundabout at Stainland Road/Wakefield Road and development of the new bridge.

The council’s planning officers recommend the proposals be approved – but with conditions and if a S106 agreement is put in place.

This is to deliver compensation for the loss of some ancient woodland at Elland Wood, which are among concerns lodged by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and one other letter of objection.

A five-year improvement and management plan is recommended, say officers.

Officers add that they believe the plans should be approved despite the impact on some sensitive areas on the grounds that the benefits of the project in terms of the transport scheme unlocking sites to attract investment and attract people to spend more time in Halifax, outweigh those concerns.

The proposals include Smart signal technology to reduce congestion and improve bus journey times and improvements will mitigate potential impacts, say environmental health officers.