A final decision has been published today to review the Hereford bypass and Southern link road schemes. 

This follows a meeting of the council’s General Scrutiny Committee in September, which made a number of recommendations for the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, Councillor John Harrington, to consider following his original decision in August to pause and review the two schemes.

Cllr Harrington said: â€śI would like to thank councillors for their thoughts and recommendations at the recent Scrutiny Committee meeting. As people are aware, there are many complex issues that must be considered as part of this review, and it is very important that we give them the time they deserve. I will respect the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee and follow these as closely as possible while keeping an open mind to all options.”

The decision has given due regard to the recommendations and now includes the continuation of some project development activity already scheduled for the Southern link road (subject to funding), and the completion of a number of assessments and reports already underway for the Hereford bypass.

It also confirms a commitment to consult widely during the review.

Both the Hereford and South Wye Transport Packages include improvements to walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure in the City, and work towards the implementation of these will continue subject to funding being available.

The scope of the review is now being considered, and a further decision on this will be taken by the end of the year.