One of Huddersfield’s busiest road junctions will be shut for two consecutive weekends in early June … because of the massive railway upgrade.

The Bradford Road junction with Northgate near Huddersfield town centre will be closed from 11.45pm on Friday, May 31 to 5am on Monday, June 3, and from 11.45pm on Friday, June 7 to 5am on Sunday, June 9.

The closure is needed while work is done to strengthen Huddersfield viaduct before new track is laid on top of it. This will include digging up the ground and pouring concrete in.

It’s all part of the massive TransPennine Route Upgrade scheme and spokesman Gareth Hope said: “We appreciate that closing roads such as the A641 Bradford Road causes a great deal of inconvenience in the local area so I’d like to thank the community in Huddersfield for their patience and understanding while this work takes place.

“To minimise disruption and keep the closure as brief as possible our team will be working around the clock throughout the day and night to complete these rail upgrades. The work will ultimately contribute to providing an improved railway service and an upgraded station to rail users in Huddersfield.”



As part of the upgrade Huddersfield station is being remodelled to enable faster, longer and more frequent trains to run along the route between Manchester, Leeds and York.

This involves reconstructing the platform layout, increasing the number of tracks from three to four and installing a new, accessible footbridge with lifts.

Good progress has been made on site in recent weeks with mining mitigation work completed in the area and work starting on the station’s iconic roof canopy which is being repaired and restored as part of the improvements.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.