Local residents are being encouraged to take part in a consultation that will help determine what type of crossing to introduce across the bypass between Silsden and Steeton.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Bradford Council are seeking views on the proposals, which aim to provide a safer route between Silsden and Steeton for pedestrians and cyclists - including those accessing the railway station and Airedale Hospital.
Options being put forward include a traffic light crossing, an underpass or a footbridge:
- Option One: a toucan crossing. This option involves replacing the current uncontrolled crossing on the western arm of the A629 with a modern toucan crossing, providing a safer crossing facility for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Option Two: an underpass. This option involves providing an underpass below the western arm of the A629.
- Option Three: a bridge. This option involves providing a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists above the western arm of the A629.
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Bradford Council to develop options that will help people in Steeton and Silsden, and the surrounding area, overcome significant barriers to making journeys by bike or on foot. We want to make it easier for people to access local facilities as well as open up opportunities to explore the local countryside.
“Enabling increasing numbers of us to travel by bike and on foot is more important than ever, not only as we look to address the health, transport and economic challenges created by COVID-19, but also in helping us achieve our aim of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport on Bradford Council, said: “We are very pleased to be working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority to bring this valuable project forward. I know many people in Steeton and Silsden are keen for something to happen at this crossing and I was delighted when Bradford Council, working with the former MP, secured the feasibility funding from the government.
“Important active travel infrastructure like this supports our broader efforts to improve local neighbourhoods, the environment and people’s health so I encourage anyone who has an interest in the area to take part in the consultation.”
The detailed plans are available to view online on the Combined Authority’s Your Voice website from today (Friday 27 November 2020) and people are invited to comment before the consultation ends on 22 December 2020.
As no in-person consultation event can take place, the Combined Authority it offering residents the chance to speak to the project team on the phone or by video chat. Sessions will take place on:
- Thursday 3 December 2.30pm - 4.30pm
- Thursday 10 December 2pm - 4pm
To book one of these slots you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 245 7676.