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Huddersfield stage for Yorkshire Brass Band Championships

Huddersfield Town Hall hosts The Yorkshire Brass Band ChampionshipsYorkshire boasts some of the finest brass bands in Britain and this Saturday and Sunday (March 2-3) sees more than 50 of them coming together to compete for the honour of representing Yorkshire at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Huddersfield Town Hall will be the setting for some top musical performances as the venue for The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships.

Well-known bands taking part in the Championship section includes local talent from the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Elland Silver Band, Hepworth Band, Horbury Victoria Band and Marsden Silver Band and the 2023 National Championship winner Black Dyke Band to name but a few.

More information at the  The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships website.

Big challenge at Stadium derby match

The John Smith's StadiumTown have a big challenge ahead at their West Yorkshire derby game on Saturday (March 2, 12.30pm), at home to Leeds United.

While Town managed to pull-off a 1-2 win at Watford last Saturday and secured a move one place up the Championship table to 19th, they are far from being out of danger. Being still only two points above the relegation zone they could easily become the team that falls there this weekend.

Two Danny Ward goals late in the second-half spared Town the blushes of falling into the relegation places last Saturday as Town’s new German head coach André Breitenreiter took charge of his first match. Watford had got ahead early in the second half, but Town eventually managed to pull-off their response with goals in the 71st and 83rd minutes. The goals came just as other match scores started to turn against Town and the Terriers would have been left in the relegation zone if they had lost the game.

Unless Town win against second-placed Leeds, the early kick-off game means the Terriers will not know their fate until other matches are played later in the afternoon, notably the games of Leicester v QPR, Millwall v Watford and Stoke v Middlesbrough.

Another big challenge this Saturday will be for the fans who normally travel to the match by train as Huddersfield railway station will be closed again all weekend, leaving fans to catch bus replacements from Brighouse to Huddersfield if coming by train from Leeds. Local fans will find Penistone line services terminating at Lockwood with bus replacement from there and there will only be bus replacement from Marsden and Slaithwaite. More details below. An early start to journeys to the match will be essential.

No Northern trains on Friday
No trains at Huddersfield through weekend

No Northern trains will operate on an ASLEF strike day on FridayAnother strike day by rail union ASLEF on Friday (March 1) will mean no Northern services at all that day and a reduced service of LNER trains. Other operators' trains are expected to be busier than usual, including TransPennine Express and Grand Central.

There is also expected to be some disruption to services at affected companies before and after strike days.

Replacement buses will be operating from Huddersfield station this weekend Huddersfield station is closed again this weekend and the following weekend, with bus replacements in all directions, as work continues on the Trans-Pennine Line upgrade.

Saturday and Sunday (March 2-3) —
No trains from Huddersfield station

Huddersfield stationWork on the upgrade of Huddersfield station continues this weekend (March 2-3) with a full closure of the station.

For more details see Trains Saturday-Sunday.
Passengers are advised to check journey planners on the day of travel and to allow extra journey time for bus replacements generally taking two to three times that of the normal rail journey.

Plan your journey at the  National Rail website.
Find out more about TransPennine Upgrade upcoming closures at the  TransPennine Route Upgrade website.

Access to Huddersfield station car parks closed

Huddersfield Station where car parks to the right of the picture have been closedCar parking and access to the station drop-off point at St George's Square has been temporarily closed to create a site compound for the next stage of the Trans-Pennine railway upgrade. This will involve work on internal roofs at the historic Grade I listed station. Railway Street and the southern side of St George's Square remains open as usual, including the taxi rank and bus stops. The section of road closed is St George's Square alongside the George Hotel, leading from the John William Street traffic lights to the station car parks.

New building under way at former infirmary and college site

The front of the old Royal Infirmary is partly concealed by trees and demolition vehiclesThe side of the old Infirmary across the Lidl siteThe Portland Street side of the old InfirmaryAmong much new building work around Huddersfield at the moment, work is progressing at a location which over the years has been visited by many Huddersfield people through its history as the original Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield Technical College and later Kirklees College.

The main frontage and grand entrance of the late-Georgian infirmary building is among parts that should be retained as part of a residential and office complex which also involves new buildings. The hospital had a number of Victorian extensions and a later extension in the 1930s. Some of these extensions have been lost in the site clearance for the new development. The hospital had casualty and outpatient entrances at the rear of the building in Portland Street.

The hospital building first opened in 1831, built with money from public subscriptions. Both the old Infirmary building and the early 20th century statue of King Edward VII outside are listed on the National Heritage List.

More modern blocks, which were created for the college, have also been demolished on the site at the corner of Trinity Street and Castlegate, where construction work is now under way on a new Lidl supermarket .

Town centre improvements continue

January 2024 in New Street, HuddersfieldImprovement of the New Street pedestrian area in Huddersfield town centre has progressed slowly through 2023 and in 2024 the work could be about to turn a corner.

Trees, vertical planters and beds full of soil have been added in New Street and the repaving of the street has gradually progressed from the end of the street nearest to Ramsden Street to King Street and Cloth Hall Street.

The vertical planters, grouped to one side of New Street near the Cloth Hall Street end, are sculptured artworks which close inspection will reveal to be individually themed. Plans for the street also show seating and the ability for some cafe premises to extend on to the pavement once complete.

The improvement scheme also includes Cloth Hall Street. Work is likely to progress there once New Street is fully completed by a workforce which has been noted for near-invisibility by many town centre visitors as they target their progress outside the main shopping hours.

New landmark health building takes shape

The new building at the corner of Southgate and Leeds Road takes shapeHuddersfield's newest landmark building is taking shape at the site of the University of Huddersfield's new National Health Innovation Campus at the ring road junction of Southgate and Leeds Road.

The new campus aims to lead healthcare innovation across the North of England and will feature a health and wellbeing academy, research and specialist clinical teaching facilities and public-facing features including a podiatry clinic, sports and phisiotherapy clinic and health coaching by video link.

The site has been vacant since the demolition of Ibbotson and Lonsbrough Flats and the former Huddersfield Sports Centre while an earlier plan for a new Tesco store on the site was abandoned.

Raising the roof on Kingsgate

The height of the Kingsgate centre has been raised to incorporate new leisure facilitiesMuch construction work is going on in and around Huddersfield town centre at the moment and one scheme expected to be completed in 2024 is raising the height of part of the Kingsgate Centre. This is to incorporate new leisure facilities in the area previously occupied by the House of Fraser department store.

The part of Kingsgate nearest to Zetland Street is surrounded in scaffolding and the car park entrance there is currently closed. Car access at present is via the entrance in Venn Street.

Once complete The Light will bring to Kingsgate a £250m cinema and leisure complex. This is planned to include an eight-screen cinema, bowling, a games arcade, climbing centre, interactive darts, karaoke and fast food bars.

Local villages and districts

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