These images show how a neglected Huddersfield town centre underpass could be transformed.

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have teamed up to invest £66 million in improving walking and cycling provision in the town centre.

The scheme, called Huddersfield Rail Station Connections, aims to make it easier for people to access public transport and get around the town.

One of the key parts of the plan is to upgrade the Trinity Street underpass which crosses under the A62 Castlegate between the old Kirklees College building and New North Road Baptist Church.

With long-awaited plans to re-develop the old college site and with Trinity Street being one of the busiest routes in and out of the town centre, there is a growing need to improve the underpass.

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It would be carried out in a similar way to how the Merton Street underpass near Huddersfield Leisure Centre was transformed.

The underpass is vandal-hit, gloomy and badly-lit and the floor surface is slippery when wet.

Kirklees Council proposes to: improve drainage to prevent pools of water forming after rainfall; install new flooring/paving, walls and ceilings; improve lighting and install CCTV; and provide new signpost information with real-time travel information.

The council also proposes two options for new cycle and pedestrian crossings over Castlegate.

Clr Susan Hinchcliffe, chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Kirklees Council on these proposals to improve the transport connections between Huddersfield Railway Station and the rest of the town centre.

“I would encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity to help shape the plans by taking part in the public consultation.”

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These schemes are being delivered through the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund programme, which is aimed at providing a viable alternative to car journeys.

There are more than £66 million worth of ambitious transport improvement schemes being delivered through this programme in Kirklees.

The council has broken down the proposals for Huddersfield Rail Station Connections into six distinct areas: Northumberland Street & John William Street; St John’s Road; Trinity Street; Brunswick Street Footpath; Huddersfield Rail Station Ticket Hall; and Mobility Hubs.

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Public consultation runs until November 8.