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No-car zone plan for town centre street.

Byline: NICK LAVIGUEUR @grecian9

PLANS to ban motorists from using a Huddersfield town centre route are moving forward.

Kirklees Council says it wants to end all vehicle access to Cross Church Street as part of a plan to give the run-down location a tidy up. Access for loading would remain.

The council has revived plans to pedestrianise it and revamp the street furniture as it pushes ahead with its Huddersfield Blueprint scheme.

The facelift will mean the Huddersfield Free Town Bus will take a different route around the ring road and along Kirkgate.

The idea to pedestrianise Cross Church Street was first mooted during the approval of the Kingsgate extension plan, given the green light in 2016.

Although they have repeatedly refused to confirm it to the Examiner, Kingsgate chiefs appear to have abandoned that scheme in favour of the new plans to convert House of Fraser into a leisure destination.

A fly-by artist's impression video released by the council this month does not feature the proposed entrance to the Kingsgate extension on Cross Church Street, indicating it has been dropped.

The new proposals, to revamp the road, paths, signs and lampposts, also extend to Queen Street and Queensgate.

New road rules will also be brought in between the Lawrence Batley Theatre and Kingsgate, and along Zetland Street, restricting access to permit holders.

A new turning area will be created on Queen Street for people dropping off at the theatre and new cycle routes will also be included.

The council says barring vehicles will allow cyclists and pedestrians to move around more easily.

And they say it will create an attractive environment for people to spend time in the town centre.

Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "We want our businesses to succeed so we need to make sure people can access them so we attract visitors rather than deterring them.

"This, of course, involves better supporting people travelling by bike or foot so we're making Kirklees a greener place at the same time.

"These plans will play a key role in helping people better access everything Huddersfield town centre has to offer, including our exciting plans for a new Cultural Heart in this area.

"I encourage everyone to have their say on these plans and help us to make sure they work for the people of Kirklees."

The public can have their until August 2 at The Huddersfield Blueprint shows a pedestrianised Cross Church Street by Kingsgate

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2019
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