The Old Wye Bridge in Hereford is set to re-open to traffic from Friday 1 October, as the next part of the phased removal of the temporary emergency active travel measures introduced in July last year

The original lining and parking bays on Broad Street and Bridge Street in the City will also be reinstated.

 

Cllr John Harrington, cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, says: 

 

“We would like to thank residents and visitors to the city for their cooperation and support while these measures were in place.

 

“I believe this period of restrictions, which was introduced at the government’s request to allow people to safely social distance and to encourage the increase in cycling and walking, which the lockdowns brought, has allowed us to experience a different way of using our streets. We have seen significant increases in walking and cycling in this area and I hope businesses who were initially cautious have seen the benefits of slower and less congested streets. People of all ages and walks of life have commented on the enjoyment they have felt being able to walk along quieter routes or sit outside and have a drink.   

 

“I am committed to providing the best environment for both continued use of motor vehicles in the centre of Hereford whilst encouraging better walking and cycling routes. We are working towards a masterplan for the city and we will be inviting all stakeholders and the public to input to the vision we hopefully all share for the future of our historic and vibrant city. The expiry of the government’s temporary legislation means we cannot extend the measures beyond September but we can and will consider them for permanent features in due course.”

Published: 28th September 2021