Herefordshire Council leader David Hitchiner has strongly denied stating the words, ‘which button do I have to press to cancel this bypass’, when he was introduced to local councillors following the election in 2019.

Councillor Rone questioned Councillor Hitchiner at a meeting on Friday, where councillors discussed a proposed Eastern River Crossing for Hereford, by stating that members of the public living in affected areas such as Hampton Park Road, Lugwardine and near the Ledbury Road could run for election on the sole basis of putting a stop to any potential project.

Cllr Rone’s words are believed to have been said in reference to the failed Western Bypass and Your Herefordshire understands that Cllr Hitchiner lives close to the previously proposed route for a Western Bypass. 

Cllr Hitchiner however strongly denied stating such words and said, ‘I deny ever saying those words. There is no way I ever said those words.’

You can watch the exchange of words between Cllr Hitchiner and Cllr Rone by visiting the Herefordshire Council YouTube feed from around 1 hour and 40 minutes –

Herefordshire Council has shared plans detailing where a potential Eastern River Crossing over the River Wye on the outskirts of Hereford could be located.

In documents shared by the council, there are details shared which show the potential route that the Eastern Link Corridor could take from Rotherwas, to join the A438 (Ledbury Road) to the east of the city. 

The Eastern River Crossing and Link Road (ERiC), formerly known as the Eastern Access Road, was identified in the Hereford Transport Strategy Review (HTSR) as essential to provide an alternative route for vehicular traffic to address the resilience issues around the A49 in the city centre. 

By providing an alternative route for traffic into and around the city, ERiC is considered vital to bring about the reductions in traffic levels and severance along key roads in the city that will enable achievement of the wider objectives of the Hereford City Masterplan (HCMP).

A broad route, connecting the B4399 (south) and the A438 (north) was identified in the HTSR as the preferred option, taking environmental, social and economic considerations into account. An indicative location for a new link road is shown on the plan below for illustrative purposes only; further detailed assessment and design will be required before a preferred alignment can be identified.

You can view the documents by visiting

The Hereford Masterplan is available to view by visiting –