More councils should “do a Hereford” and look at sustainable travel options says Green Party Member Professor John Whitelegg.

John is Professor of Sustainable Development in the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York (UK). He is also a Visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) and editor of the journal “World Transport Policy and Practice”.

Do a Hereford 

Meanwhile all councils could “do a Hereford”. The Herefordshire Council cabinet met on 3rd December 2020 and unanimously decided to stop any further work on the Southern Link Road and Western Bypass. This will need full council ratification in January 2021 but it is a remarkable decision that puts this Council in the forefront of all councils taking transport decarbonisation seriously. 

Cabinet also decided to investigate the case for a short river crossing from the industrial estate Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas across the river to Hampton Dene Road and then hugging the eastern edge of the built environment onto the Ledbury Road.

The cabinet member responsible for transport, Councillor John Harrington and his cabinet colleagues, are to be congratulated for recognising the importance of buses, active travel and demand management as well as decarbonisation for the future of transport policy and quality of life in Hereford.

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