Decision to review major transport infrastructure projects

Further to the letter sent to you in August where I outlined my decision to pause and review work on the Hereford bypass (part of the Hereford Transport Package) and the Southern link road (part of the South Wye Transport Package), you may be aware that the council’s General Scrutiny Committee met in early September to consider this decision made a number of recommendations.

I have given careful consideration to these recommendations and in response I have published a final decision today that confirms that a review of these two major roads schemes will go ahead however some work will not now be paused. Where a number of assessments and reports had already been started for the Hereford bypass these will now be completed and project development activity already scheduled for the Southern link road will continue subject to funding being available.

The views of residents, commuters and local businesses are very important to us and while we had always planned to consult widely during the review my final decision makes this commitment explicit.

Both the Hereford and South Wye Transport Packages include improvements to walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure in the City and, as in my original decision, work towards the implementation of these will continue subject to funding being available.

As you will be aware, there are many complex issues that must be considered as part of this review into the two road schemes. It is vital that travel, transport and infrastructure developments in Hereford support the economy, help to improve health and wellbeing and make Herefordshire a better place to live, work and visit. We also need to ensure we effectively respond to the climate emergency declared by Herefordshire Council and the Government.

The review will consider alternative options as we look to the long term and towards providing a high quality, integrated and low carbon transport system for the whole of Herefordshire. For example this will include infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians (including safe routes to school), an eastern river crossing, trialling the removal of some traffic signals and options for an electric bus service, improving school bus services and an ultra-light rail system.

The scope of the review is now being considered and a further report setting this out will be prepared for approval before the end of the year. This will be publicly available on the council’s website.

You will find further information about this decision on the council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk, by searching for decisions, then clicking on the decisions and documents tab.

We will continue to keep you informed on progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this decision you can contact us at herefordtransportpackage@balfourbeatty.com or call us on 01432 261800.

If you are directly impacted by this decision please contact us on the telephone number or email address above and we would be pleased to arrange a meeting with you to discuss your individual circumstances.

Councillor John Harrington

Cabinet Member Infrastructure and Transport

 

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