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Campaigners urge Hereford residents to say ‘No’ to Western Bypass plans

5 February 2018

Campaigners are criticising Hereford Council’s consultation on the proposed new bypass to the west of the city, which opens tomorrow (Tuesday 6 February), for providing no real benefit to Hereford residents.

Campaign for Better Transport is calling on local residents to attend the consultation sessions between 6 February and 20 March 2018 and let Herefordshire Council know a new bypass will not ease congestion, will destroy the special landscape and will not help with air pollution in Hereford.  It will also waste scarce public resources at a time when many local services are being cut back.

Chris Todd, Local Groups Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“A new bypass would be a complete disaster. It would offer little relief from congestion for the people of Hereford, while damaging the landscape and increasing air pollution.

“Instead of a road that will generate more traffic, locals need a package of sustainable measures, including help for walking, cycling and public transport, which would tackle congestion more effectively while still allowing for new housing.” 

ENDS 

For further information please contact Alice Ridley, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 07984 773468  alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk.

Notes to editors

- Further details about the consultation and public sessions are available on Herefordshire Council’s website –the Hereford Transport Package consultation

- Read Campaign for Better Transport’s blog that explains why bypasses do not reduce traffic – Bypasses don’t work 

- Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 

- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929)