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Jackson is working on a £3.5m project for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council to ease traffic congestion along the A629 towards Halifax town centre.

Once complete, it’s estimated that journey times from the M26 to Halifax town centre will be reduced by 30% for cars, and up to 50% for buses.

The scheme includes widening the existing A629 at Salterhebble Hill into four lanes, installing new traffic lights and improving the facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The project also involves installing 500 steel soil nails into the rock surface of the hillside at Salterhebble to support its steep structure. The hill will then be planted up to create a vertical garden which will also help to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Councillor Barry Collins said: “Our projections estimate that traffic using the A629 will increase by 18 per cent over the next decade and without these improvements the road would be gridlocked for much of the day."

“By improving these links between the M62 and Halifax town centre, from 20 minutes to around 14 minutes, it will become a very attractive place to do business.”

The A629 project is the largest individual scheme in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund programme, which is investing £1 billion over 10 years in more than 30 transport infrastructure schemes across West Yorkshire and York.

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