A £650,000 bus hub for Heckmondwike is a step closer.
Kirklees Council wants to build the transport hub in the town centre to replace current bus facilities around The Green.
On Tuesday Kirklees Cabinet will discuss the proposals, which are backed by the government-funded Local Transport Plan and £350,000 borrowed as part of Kirklees Council’s capital plan.
And Kirklees Council leader and Heckmondwike member Clr David Sheard says he understands why people will “believe it when they see it”.
He said: “It’s been a long time coming, this has been on the cards for years and we’ve had setbacks.
“We’ve had to fight for it and people won’t believe it until they see a digger on site and I don’t blame them.
“It does seem like the time is now and I hope we can get things moving quickly.”
Kirklees says that “buses stopping and waiting on-street contribute to congestion and unreliable journey times in Heckmondwike town centre”.
A project team, led by the council, and involving representatives from Metro and the bus operator Arriva, has been established to manage the delivery of a transport hub.
Land on the northern side of the Green, once described as an eyesore, has been set aside and it will feature four bus stands with shelters and real time departure screens, cycle stands and a public area.
The main aim is to centralise bus facilities in the town and improve reliability as buses entering and leaving the site will have priority over other traffic.
Kirklees says: “Transport Hubs are lighter touch interventions, featuring mainly modular core components, and are primarily intended to improve travel integration and interchange at an affordable cost.
“It is likely that local residents and business owners will express disappointment that neither a traditional bus station nor LIC are now proposed, but within the resources available the transport hub will provide a safe accessible and high quality public transport access and interchange facility for Heckmondwike.”
There is potential for a local information centre in the future, funding permitted.
If Cabinet backs the scheme, consultation and a final design will be complete by spring, with work starting on site this summer and it will eb complete by March 2015.
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