Herefordshire’s Local Transport Plan (LTP), which sets out transport priorities for the county over the next fifteen years, has been adopted at a full meeting of Herefordshire Council today.
The LTP supports the council’s core strategy to develop a clear plan for investment in the transport network, and aligns the development with the emerging economic plan and the council’s health and wellbeing strategy. It also supports proposals to develop the Hereford Bypass.
The LTP has five key objectives:
- Enable economic growth
- Provide a good quality transport network for all users
- Promote healthy lifestyles
- Make journeys safer, easier and healthier
- Ensure access to services for those living in rural areas
Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member infrastructure said:
“Today’s adoption of the LTP is a significant move forward as it sets out the council’s strategy for supporting economic growth, improving health and protecting the environment.
The council is taking forward a strategy based on sustainable growth – more homes including affordable housing and jobs in the right locations. The adopted Core Strategy sets out our plans for sustainable growth – 16,500 new homes, more jobs at the Hereford Enterprise Zone and other employment sites around the county and enabling infrastructure which will support this new development.”
Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member economy said:
“This LTP is a fundamental milestone in delivering the improved infrastructure to support Hereford’s growth. The Hereford Bypass is another step closer to being realised, although we still have a long way to go. This important piece of infrastructure will support the development of much needed homes and thousands of new jobs.
We are moving into an exciting time for Hereford, and the LTP sets out the direction of travel up until 2031, delivering economic growth and improved opportunities for everyone living and working in the city.”
Councillor Paul Rone, cabinet member roads and transport continued:
“We now have a strong strategy in place setting out our highway maintenance and investment priorities for the county. Safety, as always is paramount and we are targeting investment into maintaining a safe network.
I welcome the plans to work more closely with schools to encourage more walking, cycling and bus journeys to school and reduce the numbers of short distance car journeys.”
The full draft LTP document can be viewed on the council’s website.