Think we are talking a load of old cobblers? Check these facts out and follow the links to independent research and reports.
First of all, read this report from Herefordshire Council (Yes! Their own report!) and ask yourself a few questions like:
- How will a bypass alleviate congestion, when most traffic is going into the city to get to school and work?
- How much would it cost to bring back free or affordable school buses?
- Why is the council claiming such a good record on cycling when cycling in Hereford has declined by 65%?
- Just how will business benefit from the Bypass being on the opposite of town to the main industrial estate?
- Just how will the county benefit from five times more traffic on the A49?
Now, why not have a gander at how Highways England is planning to concrete over the countryside instead of improving public transport and data connections that would help us share lifts and work closer to home. Then look at this crucial report on the impact of road building.
Would it surprise you to learn the Councils main infrastructure consultant Balfour Beatty owned Parsons Brinkerhoff when it was awarded the job to review the 2010 Amey report on the Hereford Relief Road Options in 2011. Balfour Beatty bought it in 2009 and sold it in 2014 which raises questions about the independence of this report.
Here are the supposedly independent reports that justify the Bypass: The 2011 Parsons Brinkerhoff Review of the Hereford Relief Road Technical Studies, and here is the Transport Strategic Phasing Study 2014. You will find that it is not clear cut and many additional recommendations are made for a comprehensive analysis of options.
The traffic data modelling does not include county wide traffic or any projection of traffic when motorway or A465 road to Abergevenny is complete in 2020. Nor does it allow for any normal human behaviours, such as taking shorter routes through the city, or travelling by car because public transport is inadequate or expensive.
The air pollution analysis in both is completely inadequate, taking no account of prevailing winds or HGV fumes, etc....
Neither report is independent and there are many, many issues that show these reports to be biased and not in the interests of the people of Hereford or Herefordshire.
When you've read the council's misleading brochures, have a look at these links for a bit more background:
- Campaign for Better Transport
- Department of Transport Bus Statistics
- Here for Hereford
- HCC Affordable Housing Definition based on 2009 study
- Projected Need for Housing in Hereford to Ease City Congestion
Here is the full application made by Herefordshire Council to fund its transport plans.
Their latest report on options for the South Wye Transport Package Options (updated 2017 and doesn't seem to be in the puiblic domain - We have a copy and are happy to share on request). It is notable that this report relies on the last report published in 2001!
Note: No plans to increase buses for those commuting from rural villages to school or work, and no plans to improve train services. Also, they specifically propose increasing housing and industry to improve economics in the low income/employment area near the Hereford Enterprise Zone, but are actually planning it on the other side of the city.
Herefordshire Council isn't the only council proposing and building unnecessary houses with dreadful transport links. Click here to find out just how endemic this problem is in the UK.
There's loads more info on this stuff. This is a good start. let us know if you find something that helps get people in the know!