6 June 2016
Responding to the decision by Herefordshire Council today to push through plans to build the controversial two and a half mile long Southern Link Road, linking up the A49 and A465, Bridget Fox from Campaign for Better Transport said:
“This is a bad decision which flies in the face of long-standing local opposition. The Hereford Southern Link Road will do nothing to solve congestion in the city centre. As other areas have found, new roads simply attract new traffic at great cost to both the public purse and the environment - in this case it will destroy ancient woodland and is already running over its £27 million budget.
“Nor will the road provide people with genuine alternatives to the car as investment in better bus and rail services and safe walking and cycle routes, which was promised as part of the scheme funding, is nowhere to be seen.
"We now look to the Department for Transport and the Planning Inspectorate to overturn this ill-conceived plan and for local planners to work with the community on a truly sustainable solution."
Notes to Editors
1. 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).