Traffic From The Motorway
A weakened argument for a Bypass has come about because of the stealthy reduction in freight traffic in Hereford city.
Instead of embracing new technology to further reduce traffic, the council supported by Highways England, is proposing to divert M5 and M6 traffic onto the A49. This will affect the whole county!
Town and villages all along the A49 will be blighted by freight traffic.
The end of tolls on the Severn Bridge will further add to congestion.
Our calculations, based on statistics from Highways England and the Department of Transport, are that 20% of M5 traffic will increase A49 HGV traffic fivefold and total traffic will treble!
So, towns like Ross on Wye and Leominster, where bypasses are working nicely, will soon be clogged up, polluted, and struggling to cope with the daily influx of vehicles, pollution and road accidents that come with motorway traffic.
This is a whole county issue. In fact, it is a national issue. The government is planning to make our roads more congested instead of implementing public transport and healthy transport infrastructure that would improve our health, quality of life and local business.
The Wisley Action Group are campaigning against roads going through some of the most important gardens in the UK, RHS Wisley. The planting in Wisley comes a close second to Kew Gardens and provides an incredibly important resource for fresh air, exercise, mental health and science right next to the M25.
How long more will we have to put up with roadworks?
We've all been putting up with the roadworks from the city link road. Then there's the Southern Link Road to come. What chaos is that going to cause?
If the council decides to install proper broadband, or there's a gas leak, or a power cable to be fixed, that's bad enough.
We all know the number of potholes that need filling and whole sections of roads that need repairing.
So, nothing but closures ahead anyway. But, if the Bypass goes ahead, we can expect around 10 more years of serious closures and disruption to the South, West and North of the city.
And if that wasn't bad enough, we can also expect more traffic coming our way because of the M5 roadworks closures at Birmingham.
Might as well work from home, school the kids at home, and grow your own vegetables. Maybe that's the council's vision? Oh, hang on, the broadband wouldn't cope!