Herefordshire Council is set to ditch the Western Bypass, in favour of looking at the possibility of an Eastern Bridge over the River Wye and other options such as a ‘Water Bus’ connecting riverside communities such as Belmont, Broomy Hill, Hunderton, Greyfriars, St Martins, St James, Hinton, Putson, Lower Bullingham, Eign, Hampton and Rotherwas.

Council leaders took the controversial decision to spend up to £451,000 on reviewing the Hereford and South Wye transport packages back in January and the recommendation from the scrutiny committee is that cabinet should consider abandoning the proposed Western Bypass, a decision that is likely to prove unpopular with many residents in the city.

Councillor Jeremy Milnn put forward the idea of a ‘Water Bus’ on the River Wye. This idea is now expected to be looked at by cabinet councillors to see if there is any possibility of implementing such an idea.

“Some European cities have emission free electric water buses of shallow draught and little wake, essential on rivers with low summer flows and high environmental qualities such as ours.” Green Party Councillor Milnn said.