When you read Herefordshire Council’s justification for the Bypass, you would be forgiven for believing that it is essential to increase housing, industry and reduce congestion in Hereford, and that people choose to drive rather than use public transport, walk or cycle because it is more convenient and cheaper. Right?
Our colleagues in Herefordshire Transport Alliance, Hereford Sustainable Transport Group and Rail and Bus for Hereford have been working with us to research some of the best transport solutions for Hereford. We are delighted to know that the Campaign for Rural England and Professor John Whitelegg agree with us too!
Hereford has strong infrastructure that can support how things are delivered in a more environmentally friendly way - less pollution, less noise, less traffic, and faster! Just a little thought and investment could reduce the number of HGVs and delivery vans in our city. Our city needs well thought out regeneration that is good for living, local business and tourism, not to mention our health!
People do not realise that they can save around £2,000 a year if they use public transport rather than drive, and that it would still be cheaper if the council were to provide and subsidise a good public transport network than to build the Bypass!
Yes- that’s right! Public transport is cheaper and better for the economy than a new road.
A good public transport network would also be very much faster to install. It could be done in months, rather than years, and without the years of traffic diversions and jams that we will be subject to with the Bypass.
Below are a few of the solutions that we have found to sort out Hereford's transport for now and the long term future. Click on the pictures for short videos that can help you understand more about these concepts, many of which are already working in cities across the UK and the world.