Topics relating to transport
Herefordshire Council is responsible for over 2,000 miles of road, 723 road bridges and 11,700 street lights. This does not include trunk routes such as A49 and the M50 motorway, which are the responsibility of Highways England.
95% of Herefordshire’s land area is classified as ‘rural’ and over half of the population live in rural areas.
With only four railway stations in the county, Herefordshire is particularly dependent on road transport.
The road network comprises mainly rural ‘C’ or unclassified roads leading off single carriageway ‘A’ roads.
The majority of residents who travel to get to work do so by driving themselves in a car or a van (70%).
The Herefordshire Local Transport Plan sets out programmes of work for achieving the council’s objectives for transport.
Two proposed transport schemes, the Hereford Transport Package and South Wye Transport Package, set out a suite of possible transport and infrastructure improvements for the City with the objectives of facilitating economic growth, improving regional connectivity, encouraging sustainable lifestyles, encouraging sustainable development, providing network resilience, improving air quality and reducing noise, reducing severance and improving safety.
A new City link road, Station Approach, opened in December 2017 connecting two major roads – the A49 and Aylestone Hill. As well as easing journeys in this part of the City the new road has enabled more direct road access to Hereford railway station and opened up opportunities for development on land that was previously inaccessible. Plans are also underway for a new transport hub next to the railway station, making it easier for visitors and residents to change between modes of transport for their onward journey.