NEW plans for major changes to the bus hub in Heckmondwike have now been revealed, and work is due to start later this year.

Bus stations in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Heckmondwike are all set for major multi-million pound revamps over the next three years as transport bosses look to coax people out of cars and onto buses.

The projects will cost more than £28m in total.

Council chiefs in Kirklees say revamping and reviving the district’s bus stations will assist “modal shift” – switching from cars to buses – and thereby providing an “accessible, attractive, and cleaner alternative” to car journeys.

That has been received cautiously by those scrutinising the plans, and there have been questions asked about the level of public engagement to inform the end result.

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The current “bus hub” in Heckmondwike is to undergo a £4.97m transformation into a bus station with four existing bus shelters becoming four bus stands, plus a layover bay, offices, a “pod” containing waiting areas and toilets, and an outside canopy with seating.

Enabling work is currently set to begin by October with eight months of construction starting in January 2023.