As the latest phase of consultation on the Hereford Transport Package draws to a close, representatives from Herefordshire Council visited the New Model in Engineering and Technology (NMiTE) last week to talk with its design cohort, a group of young people currently designing the student experience at the new university, about the future of transport in the city.

With young people often less likely to participate in public consultation, the group sat down to discuss their experiences of travelling around the city and the changes they’d like to see – with topics ranging from bus services to pedestrian accessibility.

The event comes as part of a wider consultation on the Hereford Transport Package. Over the past six weeks, the council has been gathering feedback on a programme of transport improvements, designed to bring a range of social and economic benefits to Herefordshire and give people more choice about the way they travel.

As well as drop-in sessions at the Left Bank and Old Market, the council has held pop-up events throughout the city, at locations such as The Courtyard Arts Centre and at the market in High Town.

More than 350 people have already contributed to the consultation and residents have until Monday 11 March to have their say via council’s website at

Debbie Mackay, Head of Marketing at NMiTE, said:

“The Design Cohort is a mixture of young people local to Herefordshire and newcomers to the county. Part of their work has involved trialling travel services and walking and cycling routes across the city in the run-up to the first intake of students, so we were pleased to be able to provide insightful feedback on the council’s proposals.”

Mairead Lane, Head of Infrastructure delivery at the council, said:

“The Hereford Transport Package is an exciting programme of changes aimed making this an even better place to live. Attracting and retaining bright young people to Herefordshire is one of our core priorities as a council, so it was exciting to spend some time with the engaging and enthusiastic team at NMiTE.

“This consultation is specifically about getting the public’s views on how we improve the facilities for walking, cycling and public transport, and we have been getting out and about across the city to speak to as many people as possible. There’s still time for others to get involved and help decide the future of the city’s transport network.”

To have your say on the latest Hereford Transport Package proposals, visit

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2019