South Wye Transport Package

The South Wye Transport Package, which includes the proposed southern link road, aims to promote economic development by enabling easier access to the Hereford Enterprise Zone, reduce traffic issues experienced by local residents and promote walking and cycling as an alternative to driving.

Current congestion on the road network in the south wye area is of significant concern for established and new businesses looking to invest in the area and the Hereford Enterprise Zone. The southern link road (from the A49 to the A465) looks to reduce congestion on current routes and increase capacity at key junctions, bringing significant improvement especially to the Belmont and Lower Bullingham areas.

The delivery of the new road will be complemented by improved facilities for people living in the area who wish to walk or cycle, including new walking and cycling routes so that residents can make healthier choices about how they travel.

View the active travel measures consultation which ran 14 September - 25 October 2016.

Compulsory Purchase and Side Roads Orders

Herefordshire Council has 'made' the Southern Link Road Compulsory Purchase (CPO) and Side Road Orders (SRO). This involves serving all affected parties notices in order to acquire the land necessary for the delivery of the Southern Link Road scheme and sets out how side roads and access will be affected by the new road.

The land required for the construction of the road is mainly agricultural land with no homes or buildings being acquired to deliver the scheme. We will continue to actively negotiate with all landowners to try and reach agreement for the acquisition of land and we have already agreed terms with a number of landowners to purchase their land. However a CPO is needed to give the council certainty that we can assemble all the land we need if agreement cannot be reached.

Subject to confirmation that the land has been secured, construction of the road is anticipated to start in early 2019.

The consultation on the Orders closed on 23 April 2018 and Herefordshire Council has been advised that the Secretary of State intends to hold a Public Local Inquiry into the above Orders.

Public Inquiry

The Department for Transport has confirmed a Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order and the Side Roads Order for the Southern Link Road is scheduled to commence on 30 October 2018 at the Bridge Room, Hereford Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford HR4 9DG.

The website for the Public Inquiry includes information relevant to the inquiry and includes core documents, the programme for the inquiry and the procedures to be followed. You can view links to proofs (and accompanying documents) on the website: 

In accordance with the Compulsory Purchase (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 2007 and the Highways (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 1994, the council has prepared a robust Statement of Case which summarises the council's case which will be presented at the inquiry in support of their application to the Secretary of State for confirmation of the Orders. The Statement of Case also sets out reasons why the Orders are necessary and why there is a compelling case in the public interest for the Orders to be confirmed. This Statement of Case supplements the Statement of Reasons submitted at the time that the Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order were made.

Links to the published notices including the Statement of Case are included below, you may also like to view the FAQs about compulsory purchase orders.