Hereford Transport Package

Improving the way we travel in and around Hereford is important to reduce journey times, cut pollution, create a safer environment for all road users and make the city a better place to live, work, study and visit.

Proposals set out in the Hereford Transport Package include the Hereford bypass and associated improvements to walking, cycling, bus and public spaces, which are designed to make it easier to move about the city and give people more choice about how they travel.

It is a key infrastructure project that will:

  • Improve local and regional connectivity by providing an alternative route to the existing A49 through the city
  • Encourage new business and job creation by making Hereford a more attractive place to locate with improved road connections and more reliable journey times
  • Enable the delivery of future housing and educational development, attracting people to live and study in the city
  • Reduce the impact of accidents and breakdowns on the city’s roads by providing an alternative crossing for the River Wye
  • Reduce the impacts of transport on air quality and noise within the city, and improve road safety
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles by improving public spaces and encouraging more people to walk and cycle

The Hereford Transport Package, is identified as a priority within the council's Economic Vision, Local Plan Core Strategy (LPCS) and Local Transport Plan (LTP) and also within the Marches Strategic Economic Plan and Midlands Connect regional transport strategy.

If you have any questions about the Hereford Transport Package you can call 01432 261800 or email HerefordTransportPackage@balfourbeatty.com


Walking, cycling, bus and public space improvements consultation

This consultation took place from 29 January to 11 March 2019.

Improving the way we travel in and around Hereford is important to reduce journey times, cut pollution, create a safer environment for all road users and make the city a better place to live, work, study and visit.

Proposals set out in the Hereford Transport Package include the Hereford bypass and associated improvements to walking, cycling, bus and public spaces, which are designed to make it easier to move about the city and give people more choice about how they travel.

During a public consultation in early 2018, 87% of people who responded said they approved of the walking, cycling, bus and public space improvements proposed. Since then, work has been taking place to develop these further.

This consultation asked for views on these developed proposals and what would encourage people to walk, cycle or use the bus more often. During the consultation period public exhibitions were held at several locations in Hereford and the consultation exhibition was also available online. The consultation questionnaire was available in several formats including Easy Read, online and a version with images.

 Consultation documents


July 2018 update – Approval of preferred route for Hereford bypass

In January 2018, the council’s Cabinet approved a short-list of route corridors for the bypass and a public consultation on these and proposals for improvements to walking and cycling in the city was undertaken during February and March.

Based on technical work and the public consultation feedback, more detailed reports were produced which recommended the red route as the preferred route.

The council's General Scrutiny Committee called in the decision for ‘pre-decision scrutiny’ on Wednesday 18 July 2018, where they considered the proposals and recommendation before it went to the Cabinet meeting. The committee were able to support the proposed red route based on the evidence presented.

The council's Cabinet considered these reports at a meeting on Friday 27 July 2018 where there was approval of the recommendation that the red route be taken forward for further scheme development and consultation.

You can view the report for Cabinet, associated technical reports and appendices – see below.

The audio of the meetings were broadcast live and are available at www.herefordshire.gov.uk.

Documents