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Cabinet approves land purchase negotiations for Southern Link Road

Cabinet today, Thursday 20 October has approved the next key step in the delivery of the South Wye Transport Package which will see the construction of the Southern Link Road.  This will deliver the first phase of the Hereford Bypass.

Planning permission for the Southern Link Road was granted in June 2016 for the scheme and cabinet has today approved taking steps to acquire land for the road. The land required for the road is primarily agricultural land and the council seeks to purchase land by agreement. If the council is unable to purchase the land by agreement, it will consider seeking powers to compulsorily purchase the land in due course.

The Southern Link Road will run from the A49 Ross Road/Rotherwas Access Road roundabout to the A465 and the B4349 Clehonger Road. The delivery of the road will be complemented by a package of active travel measures in the South Wye area, including proposed bus lanes, improved cycle ways and easier pedestrian access.

Councillor Price, cabinet member infrastructure said:

“We’re another step closer to the construction of the Southern Link, which is the first phase of the Hereford Bypass.

We’re keen to ensure speedy and efficient negotiation with landowners to avoid any delay to the construction phase. We are committed to delivery of this vital piece of infrastructure and if we can purchase the land by negotiation we will look to construct the road from January 2018.

The road’s construction will allow us to implement new and much needed walking and cycling measures in South Wye.  These measures cannot be delivered as a stand-alone project and must be complemented by the Southern Link Road’s construction. We are currently in the process of consulting on walking and cycling measures, which will help to inform what we take forward. The consultation is still open Tuesday 25 October.”

The South Wye – Active Travel Consultation can be completed online

Tags: Community and living, Highways and transportation