Cycling to Brighouse – our response to planned improvements of A641
Although our view of proposed improvements on the A641 to Brighouse and Wyke (Bradford) were largely positive, we have some reservations.
This scheme brings lots of benefits to Brighouse, with significant use of separated two-way cycle tracks, creating the start of a cohesive network including a greenway parallel to a main road corridor, and improved junctions.
But south of the M62 there is a lack of any similar “large-scale improvements to on-road cycling facilities”. Instead, the proposals show surface improvements to the current greenway and improved connections to road crossing points.
We highlight a fundamental problem in providing “an indirect, elongated route”. This demonstrates that “cycle routes in Kirklees are planned to create some form of corridor between two destinations, in this case Huddersfield and the (proposed) Bradley Park development, but they do so by keeping active travel hidden out of view.”
Whilst commending a lot of the proposals that aim to improve the Birkby Bradley Greenway, the campaign says “they are not an A641 alternative. We believe they should be seen as a separate project.”