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We’ve done the homework so you can demand Smart Solutions

Our team of transport experts have been working hard to analyse the latest council proposals on walking, cycling, buses and public spaces. In short – these proposals are completely inadequate and they need to do a whole lot better. We have put our answers below for you to use. Please add your own thoughts on what solutions could be put in place to make our city a whole lot better.

Want more information on new technology solutions? See our Solutions page. Click on highlighted words and pictures on this page for videos and presentations to illustrate what many other cities are now using instead of new roads.

Want to fill out the consultation online? Follow this link.

The more people who complete this consultation, the stronger the message that we want smart, modern solutions to solve congestion, improve health and protect our environment. What’s more, these solutions are good for business and tourism!

Want to complete the questionnaire in paper form? They are available at the library in Hereford or please get in touch by email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We have a large number of brochures and questionnaires available for people. If you can help to distribute them, please get in touch.

We will be in Hightown Hereford on the 21st of February. Why not come and see us there and find out more?

Wye Ruin It? comments on questions in this consultation

 

Question 1

Comment: I use my car to drive most of the time, but this is not my choice. There is no other reasonable option and I would prefer to be able to take cheap public transport or cycle.

Question 2

Do not tick ‘Create better routes across roads, railways and the river wye’ as this implies that you want a bypass.

Comment here to say you do not agree that a bypass is necessary to improve traffic congestion and help us to walk, cycle and take public transport.

Question 5

Under General at the bottom of the page, comment to say that existing cycling routes are inadequate and dangerous in general and should be improved to be separate from car and lorry traffic and from pedestrians. Also say that new cycle routes should be build immediately, without waiting for developers on all roads leading into and across the city to enable commuters to travel in from at least 4 miles outside the city, so that anyone living in a village on the outskirts or parking in a car park on the outskirts should be able to cycle in. Bike storage and cheap/free bike hire in big quantities should be available in all car parks around the city and especially in all park and choose/park and share car parks.

A congestion and pollution charge could be introduced to discourage people from driving into the city and funds from this should be used to support cheap public transport and bike hire.

Question 7

Comments

These proposals do not go far enough to ensure safety of walking or cycling, or to enable use of public transport or new types of electric transport vehicles that are now in use across the world. Cycling and walking needs to be separated. Current cycle routes are dangerous because they are shared with cars and pedestrians. New infrastructure needs to be planned to facilitate e-scooters, e-bikes, delivery bikes and trikes, mobility scooters, and electric vehicles.

In future I would like to be able to use shared electric vehicles and perhaps driverless vehicles that use algorithms so that I can maximise the number of passengers in the vehicle I use and minimise the journey time and can access cheap transport at any time of the day or night. This would minimise my need to own a vehicle and the number of vehicles on the road. It would also drastically reduce the need for new roads and for repair of roads. I would like delivery vehicles to be able to access this type of transport and school children and commuters to utilise this type of transport as a requirement (unless in exceptional circumstances, such as severe disability). I would like school children to have free school buses and commuters to have really cheap or free buses or bikes.

Most people should have incentives, perhaps from local businesses and be penalised for use of polluting/private vehicles unless really necessary. There should be an educational programme in place across all age groups to help people learn about using these new technologies and help them make the best use of new transport initiatives.

Businesses should be incentivised to deliver by bicycle or tricycle where possible. New forms of delivery should be planned for such as the electric robot couriers developed in Europe and Japan.

Question 11.

The ‘bypass’ is not a bypass. It would be a road to car-dependent housing estates and so induce more cars into the city. It is disingenuous to suggest that it is necessary or will reduce traffic or HGV traffic in the city. It will not. It will increase it and simply move existing jams to other roads. Because it is sited to the west of the city, prevailing winds will blow pollutants into the city. There are better new technological solutions to transport that should be put in place before any new road is even considered and all new housing should have a requirement for non-car-based transport.  Although there are various “cycle routes” already in Hereford City, they are not joined up in an easy-to-use network. There are several key roads that are particularly dangerous for cyclists, and these put a lot of people off cycling at all. If these issues can be addressed, many more people would consider cycling as an alternative to their cars.

If this ‘bypass’ is constructed, care should be taken to ensure that roads, which are currently quiet country lanes and good walking, running and cycling amenities, do not become rat runs. These roads should be protected for these uses and residential access only, ensuring that locals can walk, run and cycle from the city out into the country with ease, as they can do now. This is vital for good health and community.

Question 12

On demand services increase congestion, unless they carry quite a lot of people at a time

It would be useful to have a local phone app to provide: maps and easy cycle/walking routes from A to B, like a satnav; real-time bus provision details; flag up road obstructions, such a road works.

Electric charging points should be readily available, but not where charging vehicles will obstruct roads, cycle/walk ways.  Charging points should not be placed on pavements where they become barriers to disabled people, parents with babies in prams,  etc.

In future I would like to be able to use shared electric vehicles and driverless vehicles that use algorithms so that I can maximise the number of passengers in the vehicle I use and minimise the journey time and can access cheap transport at any time of the day or night. This would minimise my need to own a vehicle and the number of vehicles on the road. It would also drastically reduce the need for new roads and for repair of roads.

I would like delivery vehicles to be able to access this type of transport and school children and commuters to utilise this type of transport as a requirement (unless in exceptional circumstances, such as severe disability). We have become used to receiving personal deliveries, e.g. from Amazon or Sainsbury’s, but remember that all these delivery vehicles would make many fewer journeys, and contribute much less to congestion if we shopped locally and picked up deliveries from local retail centres (shops!).

I would like school children to have free school buses and commuters to have really cheap or free buses or bikes. There should be an educational programme in place across all age groups to help people learn about using these new technologies and help them make the best use of new transport initiatives.

Businesses should be incentivised to deliver by bicycle or tricycle where possible.

Like electric cars, electric trains can carry many people conveniently and relatively cheaply. In 2015 a revived rail link from Hereford to Rotherwas across the River Wye was rejected by Herefordshire Council, but this remains a possibility https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/2628/rotherwas_rail_report_2012pdf.pdf

Put freight on trains instead of in HGVs -Many other campaigns around the country want this too (E.g Rimrose Valley in Liverpool, No to M4 expansion campaign, campaign for better transport, etc….  There is a convenient rail- freight terminal at Moreton-on-Lugg that could be used more. We hear that simply with upgraded signalling, much more freight could be put on the rail routes through Hereford.

Give us proper high speed broadband and good 4g/5g connectivity so we can work at home, businesses can operate outside of the city, access to use new tech transport is enabled and so on. It is a disgrace that those who have broadband have such a slow connection and the price of getting Fastershire (which is actually very slow to do anything!!!) to install and provide superfast broadband is far beyond the normal household budget. Affordable, fast broadband would sort a lot out!

With reference to the large bus shelter illustrated in front of Hereford Railway Station:

Put in a complete transport hub at the train station (without additional buildings that would prevent amalgamating both bus stations, taxi ranks and electric charging infrastructure) and develop modern sites for transition from cars to buses and bikes at each main road entering the city.

Features of a transport hub should include capacity for buses, trams, cable cars and train stops, hybrid and electric taxis, bikes, scooters, e-bikes and other vehicle parking.

Include capacity for other types of electric vehicle hire/borrowing, flash charging and electric charge points for all types of vehicle, luggage storage, freight unloading points and safe depository for collection and local delivery.

Please provide access for freight loading for trains, buses and delivery bikes as well as old technology vehicles such as vans.

The transport hub should be designed with a cafe and meeting points, kiosks and shops for groceries, internet points and charging for mobile devices, wifi, even more parking and storage for bicycles, paving that facilitates easy movement for prams, scooters, wheelchairs, bikes, etc., first aid centre, shopping storage and collection points for shopping.

Patricia Ronan