The proposed Hereford Bypass - events during 2018
Plans for the proposed bypass moved on during 2018 and early 2019.
In June it was announced that Herefordshire Council's Cabinet would soon choose a preferred route - click here for archived article (20.6.2018). The relevant papers were made public on 10th July with the red route being the preferred choice of seven possible options. A map is available in this archived article (11.7.18) . The Cabinet decision was put back to 27th July so that the Council's General Scrutiny Committee could look at the proposals first. Further details can be read here - archived article (8.7.18).
There were many questions from the public at the scrutiny meeting 18th July that mostly objected to the proposals. However the Committee followed the advice from the Council's transport consultants and did not object to the proposed route. This was duly approved by the Cabinet who allocated more money for further detailed studies of this route - see archived article (30.7.18).
A further step was taken in October when the Public Inquiry was held into the compulsory purchase and traffic regulation orders necessary for another road scheme - the Southern Link Road (SLR). Although this had been described as a 'stand-alone scheme' necessary to remove traffic congestion in South Wye, it is actually another section of the proposed bypass. This is planned to run from the A49 at the Callow to Belmont Abbey on the A465 (Abergavenny) road.
Most recently in March 2019 the Inspector's report supported the Council and Herefordshire are now seeking contractors to build it. They are also continuing to work up the details of the red route which would run west from the new Belmont Abbey junction of the SLR and the A465 across the river at Warham.