Work is due to start this weekend in preparation for the A629 improvements scheduled to begin later this year.

Calderdale Council has funding earmarked from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to progress plans for major highway works to improve the A629 Huddersfield Road corridor from Jubilee Road through to Shaw Hill.

It carries thousands of vehicles every day heading between Huddersfield and Halifax.

Plans for the road scheme, which will ease congestion, include remodelling of the junction of Huddersfield Road and Shaw Hill. This will involve widening the highway, which unfortunately requires the removal of a number of existing trees.

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Only trees directly affected by the scheme will be removed, and none of these trees are protected. Replacement tree planting will take place in adjacent areas and the area will be landscaped once highways work is complete.

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The majority of the work on the scheme is around Salterhebble Hill and the Calderdale Royal Hospital and will take place in autumn, but it’s hoped that work around the junction of Huddersfield Road with Free School Lane, Skircoat Road and Shaw Hill can begin this summer, subject to all approvals being in place.

Traffic lights will be used over the next few days while the work is under way.