Transport isn’t just a matter of building new roads or railway lines. It isn’t even about creating new bus routes or cycle lanes. Transport is usually just a means to an end – it gets us from one place to another.

How we travel and plan transport impacts on the environment and our quality of life. More roads can scar the landscape and the increase in flights is shattering tranquillity.

If it isn’t planned properly, the best transport system isn’t much use. If it is planned badly, transport can cause a great deal of damage, especially in the countryside. A lot of rural public transport is far too limited, in areas where people cannot easily cycle and walk to essential services – and where
speeding traffic makes the roads dangerous in any case.

Local transport

CPRE wants to see local transport improved so that there is genuine travel choice across England and dependency on car use is reduced.

To help achieve our vision we are campaigning for a national transport policy of ‘smarter travel first’, which will mean improving sustainable local transport so that road-building becomes the option of last resort.

CPRE and local transport

At the very local level, our Transport Toolkit is full of useful ideas and inspiring case studies to help you improve travel where you live.



On the buses

“You wait for hours and then three come along all at once” – in this case, not buses, but reports about buses.


February 2020 - our view of Herefordshire's pending transport decisions

Members of HCPRE and the general public may be wondering what is actually happening.  There has been a lot of misleading coverage and comment in the press and social media.


The Council's Hereford Transport Strategy Review - have your say, share your ideas

CPRE members should be aware that there is another consultation underway about transport in Hereford and you have until the 31st of March to add your views. We really want you to take part!


Update on the proposed Hereford Bypass - June 2019

We keep getting asked ‘what is happening about the proposed bypass?’ So here is an update.


Hereford Transport Package - Walking, cycling, bus and public space improvements consultation Spring 2019

We had expected Herefordshire Council to begin formal consultations on the bypass during the latter part of 2018/early 2019 but the engineering studies to confirm the route's feasibility had not been completed.  Instead the Council carried out a wider consultation exercise on the Hereford Transport package which still assumed a bypass would go ahead.  Any future bypass-specific consultation will now take place after the May 2019 local government elections for Herefordshire Council.


The proposed Hereford Bypass - events during 2018

Plans for the proposed bypass moved on during 2018 and early 2019.  


21st century transport: a vision for Hereford....

 ...was the title of Professor John Whitelegg's presentation to the CPRE Herefordshire AGM on 13.10.18.


Our opposition to the Bypass

“The great bulk of traffic on this road is produced by the large number of vehicles converging into Hereford. The amount of traffic which passes through Hereford without stopping there—which would, in fact, use a wide-flung by-pass—is very small indeed. We believe that it would not, if it were constructed, carry a large volume of traffic. We believe that it would do very little indeed to help the solution of the congestion problem in the centre of Hereford.” Philip Noel Baker MP. House of Commons 1st February 1945.



Herefordshire Council's approved Core Strategy (2015) sets the scene for a number of major road developments and potentially the A49 trunk road through the county.  Each of these is reviewed in turn in the four sections below.