13 Reasons to #StopHerefordBypass!
We are launching a new community website to challenge Herefordshire County Council's Development Plans for the Hereford Bypass! Here's a few reasons to join us:
1. The proposed road is not a bypass as it will run through and disrupt housing estates.
2. The new road crosses the Wye, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and will require an elevated section north of the bridge.
3. This western route is over a 300m flood plain to be crossed on only one span.
4. The road will not alleviate traffic, but facilitate the build of 6,500 new houses and excessive new congestion.
5. The cost benefits do not add up. Hereford’s road building is extortionate when compared with National standards.
6. The build cost estimates are out of date and inaccurate. Final costs will be much, much higher.
7. Future cities need modern transport infrastructure to thrive, such as trams, buses and cycle lanes.
8. The UK government is calling for reductions in traffic, carbon emissions and noise, as opposed to the increases offered by the Hereford Bypass.
9. Freight diverted from the M5/M6 corridor to the A49 will blight all villages on that corridor.
10. No comprehensive environmental databases have been compiled to date.
11. A number of of protected species are threatened by the Hereford Bypass, including native birds, fish, amphibians, plants.
12. The increasing pollution will sweep through the city on Hereford's prevailing winds,
13. The destruction of Hereford's green lung for the profits of house building companies will blight the city forever.
The MP for North Hereford is on record saying he does not support the Hereford Bypass scheme. Jesse Norman MP, representative for South Hereford, was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport on 14 June 2017. Join our direct action group and send him a message!