Many people are under the impression that the proposed Hereford Bypass will reduce traffic congestion and journey times. ‘Wye Ruin It’ is a group in Hereford that aims to make people aware that traffic will increase as a consequence of the Bypass. As an alternative the group advocate modern transport solutions including electric buses, electric bikes, a tram loop and mobility service apps with electric mini buses – solutions that are already used to reduce traffic in similar sized cities (details on the Herefordshire Transport Alliance website).
Meet / join Wye Ruin It:
- Sat 16th June, 2pm at Belmont Abbey Fete,
- Sat 23rd June at Hereford Castle Green Summer Fayre
- Sunday 8th July at Breinton Fete 2pm
- Or join the Shire Hall Protest on 19 July.
Hereford is best known for its natural beauty, tourist attractions, historic landscapes, horticulture and highly productive agricultural qualities. Read more via the links below…
For those of you interested or concerned about the proposed bypass, there is another Sunday walk this weekend around Breinton highlighting the threatened route.
Meet on Sunday 13th May at 2.30pm at Breinton Springs N.T. carpark.
And for more information on the bypass issue generally check the Wye Ruin It website: https://www.wyeruinit.org/news/
The Hereford University Centre in association with
Hereford Civic Society invite you to our annual public lecture: Upcycling Cycling
A comprehensive consideration of cycling and cyclists in this country compared with Europe by cycling experts:
- Brian Deegan – one of the UK’s leading street design engineers
- Jess Read – healthy transport engineer and urban designer
- Jesse Norman MP – Highways Minister
Let’s get Hereford integrating cycling into our everyday lives!
Hosted at the Hereford University Centre, Folly Lane
, Hereford HR1 1LS on Thursday 17th May 2018. Arrival from 7.00pm for 7.15pm start, 8.30pm close
Bookings to Julia Davis: DavisJulia@hlcollege.ac.uk / 01432 365431
ALL WELCOME AT THIS IMPORTANT EVENT:
HEREFORD COULD BECOME THE EXEMPLAR CITY – HOW TO TRANSFORM OUR TRAVELLING HABITS!
The government are offering Local Councils funding for installation of electric vehicle charge points but still only 5 Councils have so far taken them up on it! This may be something that local groups would like to encourage their councils and others to consider, and here are some links to help with that process:
Please do pass this on – and thanks to John Rhymer from Transition Worcester for the info.
Herefordshire Council will have a public consultation on the Western “bypass” routes and other Hereford Transport Package measures between 6 February and 20 March 2018.
The public exhibition will be available to view on 6,7,8 February, between 11am and 8pm, in the pod next to The Coffee Corner at Old Market. And/or go to an evening session on Tuesday 13 February from 6pm to 9pm at Whitecross High School. The exhibition will move to Hereford Library on Friday 16 February where it will remain until Tuesday 20 March. The exhibition can be viewed during normal library opening hours and staff will be available to answer questions on Saturday 24 February and Saturday 10 March between 11am and 2pm. The exhibition and film showing the route corridors will be available to view at Herefordshire.gov.uk/HTP from Tuesday 6 February.
Click here for a document with information and thoughts from Herefordshire Transport Alliance and Wye Ruin It? about why they think a new bypass for Hereford won’t solve current traffic problems. Find them on Facebook for more news: Herefordshire Transport Alliance & Wye Ruin It
Please do respond to the consultation, and also send the Council any other comments or suggestions you may have.
Apparently ministers Jesse Norman and Claire Perry have called for local authorities to do more to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle air quality after it emerged just 5 councils in the whole of the UK have taken advantage of an electric car scheme.
In 2016 the Department for Transport launched the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, offering funding for local authorities to buy and install electric car charge points. The scheme makes available up to 75% of the cost of procuring and installing charge points, however local authorities have to fund the remaining costs through public and private sources.
… and it seems there has been a huge failure of uptake at local government level.
Read about it in full on the gov.uk website.
For those of you who are interested, the next Herefordshire Council Cabinet meeting will consider feedback on Hereford Transport Package Phase 1 consultation and confirm scope of Phase 2 consultation and progress, including the publication of the proposed bypass routes.
More details here: http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=251&MId=6245&Ver=4
TravelFund grants are currently still available to Herefordshire businesses and organisations, offering up to £1000 for workplace facilities to support sustainable commuting and business travel. This includes facilities such as pool bikes, changing facilities, video-conferencing, and home working IT equipment.
The closing date for this year’s funding is 31 October 2017 – so act soon!
Funding can be offered for up to 100% of the cost of the facilities and installation.
Further details and the application form are available online at:www.herefordshire.gov.uk/travelfundgrant
If you have any queries, or would like any advice on what sort of facilities would be suitable, please do not hesitate to contact Tina Kilner from Herefordshire Council’s Choose how you move team firstname.lastname@example.org
Both this scheme and the Cycle Stand scheme are part of the Choose How You Move (Access Fund) project, funded by the Department for Transport, supporting access to work and education in Herefordshire.
Herefordshire businesses and not for profit organisations are being offered the chance to receive FREE workplace cycle parking! The scheme is run on behalf of Herefordshire Council by cycling charity Life Cycle UK.
Businesses, community organisations and shops in Herefordshire are eligible to receive up to 4 FREE cycle parking stands – enough to park up to 8 bikes.
The stands will be supplied and delivered for FREE. The stands can even be installed for FREE. It’s that simple.
To apply for your free cycle parking stands, visit: www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/free-cycle-parking
For more information, contact Life Cycle UK: 0117 353 4580
Thanks very much to Les Lumsdon and Anna Heywood for their contribution to last week’s very interesting and thought provoking HGN Gathering – ‘On the Buses’.
Les was particularly informative about Herefordshire bus services and policy, and alerted the audience to the possible development of a Hereford ‘transport hub’. The ‘hub’ – which should be sited next to Hereford train station – will provide coordination and facilities for those who are travelling by public transport around the county.
The hub’s development will be crucial for rural travellers – but also for local tourism, as car-free city dwellers make their way to our lovely county for their weekends and holidays…
In Herefordshire it is sometimes difficult to imagine areas of the UK where people are choosing to abandon their cars in favour of public transport. However Les stressed the figures that support the concept of ‘peak car’ – and the increasing decline of car use, particularly in urban areas.
Anna talked more specifically about the inspiring Hay Ho Community Bus – a Sunday service that is vital for local people but also for local tourism. Local businesses and Hay-on-Wye residents worked together to develop a supporters fund to continue the bus service when it was threatened with termination. Working with Yeomans, and also with Herefordshire Council to cover the legalities, this is a possible model for other local communities threatened with the closure of local services…
More information, including links to timetables (…in order for you to support this community bus service!) is available here: www.hayhobus.org.uk