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As consultation closes, Hereford Western Bypass proposals not the solution, say campaigners

21 March 2018

Campaign for Better Transport has submitted its response to Herefordshire County Council’s consultation on the proposed Hereford Transport Package, whose main element is a western bypass.

Campaign for Better Transport has formally objected to the proposals on the grounds that it is not a proper package of measures and because the bypass, the main element of the package, will not relieve Hereford’s traffic problems.  It was also highly critical of the wider package of measures which it described as being ill-defined and incoherent.

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

“The County Council is pushing this highly damaging new road under the guise that it is part a package of measures.  Yet it is a wolf in sheep's clothing.  Given that most traffic entering Hereford is local, a bypass is not going to solve its traffic and pollution problems and could make them worse as new roads create new traffic. 

“There is no reason to delay implementing walking, cycling and public transport improvements, particularly with air pollution above legal limits.  But they need to be vastly improved. Progressing these positive alternatives now would further highlight that a new road is not the answer.”


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read Campaign for Better Transport’s response to the Hereford Western Relief Road consultation
  • Read Campaign for Better Transport’s blog that explains why bypasses do not reduce traffic
  • 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