A ‘mobility hub’ could be built on a car park in Huddersfield town centre to give the town greater transport connectivity.
The hub would be linked to four strategically-placed ‘mobility points’ on four of the main roads into and out of the town.
Mobility hubs are an idea that has proved successful in Europe and are aimed at commuters and travellers who use various modes of transport from e-bikes and scooters to electric cars, buses and trains.
The hub will provide a central point where travellers can rest a while, have a bite to eat or drink, wait for public transport, park their bike or charge up their electric vehicle.
Kirklees Council, backed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is proposing the mobility hub as part of its Huddersfield Rail Station Connections scheme.
The council says the hub will be an “interchange between the railway station, bus stops and other forms of active travel.”
Four ‘mobility points’ – on the A62 Leeds Road, the A629 Halifax Road, Wakefield Road and the A616 Lockwood Road – will feed into the central hub.
The aim is to help people get around seamlessly swapping one form of transport for another.
The hub will be landscaped and will have seating areas, covered and uncovered, with charging facilities for phones, tablets, laptops and other devices.
There could be pop-up food and drink stalls, parcel lockers and water bottle refill points.
Secure parking could be provided for motorbikes, scooters and bicycles and there could be a drop-off and charging point for car-share vehicles, along with real-time travel information for bus and rail services.
The mobility points would be smaller but have similar facilities along with taxi pick-up and drop-off bays.
On its consultation document the council says: “Over time, the mobility hub concept has potential to expand to include a network of several mobility hubs across Huddersfield, interlinked by high-frequency bus services and good quality walking and cycling routes.
“This will make popular destinations and activities more accessible, whilst reducing our need to travel long distances between them.
“We also want mobility hubs to be pleasant places to spend time, waiting for the bus or just as an area to sit and enjoy your lunch.
“Where possible, mobility hubs would be located near green spaces and improvements to the surrounding area will help to provide a boost to the local community.”
There is no detail about exactly where the mobility hub will be located but the consultation document says: “Some existing public car parking could be used to create space for new facilities.”
Public consultation is open until November 8 and more information can be found at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/hudds-access
There are three webinars where the public can ask questions. They are on Thursday October 21 (1pm-2pm); Monday October 25 (2.30pm-3.30pm); and Tuesday November 2 (6pm-7pm).