South Wye Transport Package

UPDATE January 2020: A cabinet member decision was published on 24 January 2020 that outlines the work that will take place to review the Southern link road scheme. This will take place alongside a review of the Hereford bypass scheme and other work that together will inform a review of the transport strategy for Hereford. For further information please see the decision details notice 2020 and news release.

The South Wye Transport Package, which includes the 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 in the south wye area.

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 and linking to the B4349 Clehonger Road) looks to reduce congestion on current routes.

The construction of the new road, which will commence when the necessary statutory processes are completed, 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.

Active travel measures

Following an active travel measures consultation in 2016, in March 2019, a preferred package of improvements was selected.

These include:

  • The introduction of a vehicle weight restriction and new and upgraded crossings in Belmont Road
  • A ‘quiet-way’ cycle route from Newton Farm to the Hereford Enterprise Zone
  • Further walking and cycling improvements along Holme Lacy Road

For further information please see the decision details notice 2019.

There will be further consultation on the proposed active travel measures before they are introduced.

Compulsory purchase and side roads orders

In March 2019, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the compulsory purchase and side road orders for the southern link road in Hereford.

The confirmation of the orders was received following the outcome of a public inquiry held in late October and early November 2018.

Public Inquiry

The Department for Transport held a Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order and the Side Roads Order for the southern link road from 30 October to 13 November 2018.

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.

Public Inquiry notices