Drivers and residents are to have a crucial say on improvement work at a notorious traffic blackspot.

Residents and businesses at Hipperholme will have the opportunity to see the latest plans to improve Hipperholme crossroads – and to put forward their own ideas.

Calderdale Council has secured Government funding for the work to try to ease traffic jams.

They want to know from people using the crossroads what ideas should be incorporated in the final designs for the £3.4m scheme.

The council’s bid to the Department for Transport means that work can now take place to improve the crossroads which should result in reduced journey times to and from Halifax during morning and evening peak travel times.

Hipperholme crossroads looking towards Denholme Gate Road from the end of Brighouse Road
Hipperholme crossroads looking towards Denholme Gate Road from the end of Brighouse Road
 

The plan aims to cut journey times by between one and seven minutes on the surrounding roads that lead up to Hipperholme crossroads. It will also make it safer for pedestrians crossing the roads that make up the junction.

Before detailed designs are created, the council would like to know the views of residents and businesses in the area.

An open day is being held on Thursday, October 3, which will give people the opportunity to see the proposed plans and give their feedback.

The feedback will then contribute towards the final design, which will be presented at an exhibition that will take place early in 2014.

Cabinet member Clr Barry Collins said: “It’s great news that we’ve managed to secure funding from the Department for Transport to be able to improve the crossroads at Hipperholme.

“This will help reduce journey times to and from Halifax as well as make it safer for people to cross the roads.

“The open day is a good opportunity to look at the plans so far and answer any questions you may have.”

The open day will take place from 11am to 8pm at Christ Church Methodist URC in Wakefield Road, Hipperholme.

People who cannot attend the event can let the council have their views by sending an email to hipperholmecrossroads@calderdale.gov.uk or by calling 0845 245 7000.