A city united: But drivers warned about Hereford's road plan

Ledbury Reporter: This is the vision for Hereford city centre after works have been completed to create the "boulevard" style effect. This is the vision for Hereford city centre after works have been completed to create the "boulevard" style effect.

THIS is the vision to unite Hereford's new multi-million pound retail centre with the city's existing historic core.

But motorists are being warned they face three months of disruption to make it happen.

Work will begin in the new year to transform Newmarket Street into a tree-lined “boulevard” – aimed at improving pedestrian and cycle links between two contrasting parts of the city centre.

The work will be phased over a three-month period, with the first step to remove the current central reservation starting as early as January 2 or 3.

All of the changes to Newmarket Street are expected to be complete by the time the Old Market development opens in the spring.

Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “The integration between the historic city core and the new development at Old Market is enormously important and we must bear that in mind.

“Although the works may cause disruption, we urge Herefordians to consider the long-term gain of these improvements and we thank them for their continued support at this exciting time for the city and the wider county.”

Although much of the work will take place at night, there will be lane and pavement closures at various points throughout the works.

“The critical thing is to keep Hereford’s businesses going,” said Councillor Price.

“If there is to be a lane closure it’s for a very short time scale.

“We will be keeping a very close eye. We really want to get over the message that Hereford is still open for business throughout the works.”

A new junction called Widemarsh Gate will be created where Newmarket Street and Blueschool Street meet.

Drivers heading west along Blueschool Street will be allowed to turn right into Widemarsh Street as part of the changes.

Motorists leaving Wall Street will also be allowed to turn right to relieve pressure on the Edgar Street roundabout.

Other changes will see the speed limit reduced to 20mph on Newmarket Street and routes within the old city walls.

Coun Price added: “We felt it was essential to make the distinction to motorists that they are entering a city centre environment where it’s important to be aware of a higher number of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

"By reducing the speed limit we make the retail environment a safer and more pleasurable place for shoppers using the city centre and the new retail development."

Two lanes of traffic will be retained on each side of Newmarket Street to allow vehicles and pedestrians to use the route as freely as possible until wider traffic calming plans for the city centre have been completed.

George Ray, project manager for Sir Robert McAlpine, added: “These works are a very important part of the construction programme that is on track to deliver an exciting new retail and leisure development for Hereford city centre in the spring.

“We are very aware that this phase of work may cause disruption and would urge motorists to consider car sharing and other transport routes where possible, and to leave extra time for journeys in this part of the city.”

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9:39am Thu 19 Dec 13

Mr.Herefordian says...

The IOC political party are forecasting doom over this highway work, their comments on the radio should put people off shopping in the city. Think possative for our city your attempts to stop this development have failed talk the city up and cease your negative chatter.
The IOC political party are forecasting doom over this highway work, their comments on the radio should put people off shopping in the city. Think possative for our city your attempts to stop this development have failed talk the city up and cease your negative chatter. Mr.Herefordian

10:17am Thu 19 Dec 13

mizza21 says...

If you visit Hereford during a busy time of day you will notice the traffic on Newmarket street and Blueschool Street backs up all the way to Commercial Road.
I cannot help but notice that the idylic 'after' shot shows only 6 cars. Now imagine it in the dark completely clogged up with a couple of hundred cars and buses and vans and trucks all pumping out exhaust fumes.
Try negotiating that with a pushchair and a toddler and a load of shopping from Debenhams.
If you visit Hereford during a busy time of day you will notice the traffic on Newmarket street and Blueschool Street backs up all the way to Commercial Road. I cannot help but notice that the idylic 'after' shot shows only 6 cars. Now imagine it in the dark completely clogged up with a couple of hundred cars and buses and vans and trucks all pumping out exhaust fumes. Try negotiating that with a pushchair and a toddler and a load of shopping from Debenhams. mizza21

11:22am Thu 19 Dec 13

saidflo says...

Looks lovely!
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed JD's pub on the corner has disappeared from the "after" scene.
Where are all the cars? Is it 6am in the picture?
How can all that airy open space fit into Newmarket Street?
Buckets full of Artistic license, smoke and mirrors here.

Sadly, I can see no bikes. Am not surprised at all.
No cycle track is shown although the article quotes Cllr Price: “We felt it was essential to make the distinction to motorists that they are entering a city centre environment where it’s important to be aware of a higher number of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users."
This is an opportunity to make the roads much safer for cyclists and encourage more on to the roads, to reduce the number of cars users.
I tried to cycle a few years ago but found it too dangerous and confusing. Some cycle ways shared space with pedestrians, cycle ways ended in odd places and roundabouts were almost a death trap. My family members use bikes regularly and I want the comfort of knowing these roads are much safer for pedestrians and cyclists as the main priority.
We have to make the best of this shopping development now we have it but please can we be sure cars are not priority.
Sadly, the article gives me no comfort at all.
Bring on the 3 months of even more huge traffic disruption - oh the anticipation!!!
Looks lovely! Is it just me or has anyone else noticed JD's pub on the corner has disappeared from the "after" scene. Where are all the cars? Is it 6am in the picture? How can all that airy open space fit into Newmarket Street? Buckets full of Artistic license, smoke and mirrors here. Sadly, I can see no bikes. Am not surprised at all. No cycle track is shown although the article quotes Cllr Price: “We felt it was essential to make the distinction to motorists that they are entering a city centre environment where it’s important to be aware of a higher number of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users." This is an opportunity to make the roads much safer for cyclists and encourage more on to the roads, to reduce the number of cars users. I tried to cycle a few years ago but found it too dangerous and confusing. Some cycle ways shared space with pedestrians, cycle ways ended in odd places and roundabouts were almost a death trap. My family members use bikes regularly and I want the comfort of knowing these roads are much safer for pedestrians and cyclists as the main priority. We have to make the best of this shopping development now we have it but please can we be sure cars are not priority. Sadly, the article gives me no comfort at all. Bring on the 3 months of even more huge traffic disruption - oh the anticipation!!! saidflo

11:44am Thu 19 Dec 13

jarvis 2 says...

there was a vision for widmarsh street a few years ago a vast fourtune was spent on laying high quality slabing and paving a few sprained angles later a lot of oil deposites and rubbish dirt ad gime no one would think anything had changed these council people and the socalled project managers of mc alpine should all F--k off back where they came from we did not want you cheap tackkie buildings in hereford in the first place.
These works are a very important part of the construction programme all you money grabbing B------s are intrested in is profit not our city I personaly hope the whole dam lot fails you all loss your jobs and Mcalpine and stanhope go bust and you all have a misrable christmas
there was a vision for widmarsh street a few years ago a vast fourtune was spent on laying high quality slabing and paving a few sprained angles later a lot of oil deposites and rubbish dirt ad gime no one would think anything had changed these council people and the socalled project managers of mc alpine should all F--k off back where they came from we did not want you cheap tackkie buildings in hereford in the first place. These works are a very important part of the construction programme all you money grabbing B------s are intrested in is profit not our city I personaly hope the whole dam lot fails you all loss your jobs and Mcalpine and stanhope go bust and you all have a misrable christmas jarvis 2

1:02pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Huxton says...

3 more months of traffic chaos in Hereford to add to the months we've already had.
Then there's the relief road that is so far off funding, the Rockfield DIY site is being touted as a replacement for Merton Meadow car park.

This council has failed. It is stocked with failures grasping at straws to benefit a city they have long since killed.
And what do Debenhams do this week? Advertise minimum wage jobs for their new store, while telling suppliers they will have to take a cut in payments - like it or lump it.

This development is a shot in the arm for the city. That shot is cyanide.
3 more months of traffic chaos in Hereford to add to the months we've already had. Then there's the relief road that is so far off funding, the Rockfield DIY site is being touted as a replacement for Merton Meadow car park. This council has failed. It is stocked with failures grasping at straws to benefit a city they have long since killed. And what do Debenhams do this week? Advertise minimum wage jobs for their new store, while telling suppliers they will have to take a cut in payments - like it or lump it. This development is a shot in the arm for the city. That shot is cyanide. Huxton

1:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

Extra right turns will cause inevitable delays. The 20mph speed limit is a laugh, nothing ever travels that fast on this stretch of road! The best way is to put in pedestrian bridges, I've seen too many near misses with pedestrians who have got fed up waiting for the green man making a dash for it. It looks pretty but we can only see part of the new development, the rest particularly along Edgar Street is a giant eyesore.
Extra right turns will cause inevitable delays. The 20mph speed limit is a laugh, nothing ever travels that fast on this stretch of road! The best way is to put in pedestrian bridges, I've seen too many near misses with pedestrians who have got fed up waiting for the green man making a dash for it. It looks pretty but we can only see part of the new development, the rest particularly along Edgar Street is a giant eyesore. JollyJesterTwo

1:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

Incidentally, how will that wide central boulevard fit without losing a lane either way. This is clearly a Tory artists impression.
Incidentally, how will that wide central boulevard fit without losing a lane either way. This is clearly a Tory artists impression. JollyJesterTwo

1:49pm Thu 19 Dec 13

jarvis 2 says...

Coun Price added: “We felt it was essential to make the distinction to motorists that they are entering a city centre environment where it’s important to be aware of a higher number of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

I tought this was a bloody Inner ring Road not a city center that is a little way along and turn right

Ahh sorry the council have closed most of it down

Why don t you do us all a favor Counciller Price Drop Dead along with your cash/expensisise grabbing fellow councilers you have Killed the city off so kill yourselves off
Coun Price added: “We felt it was essential to make the distinction to motorists that they are entering a city centre environment where it’s important to be aware of a higher number of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. I tought this was a bloody Inner ring Road not a city center that is a little way along and turn right Ahh sorry the council have closed most of it down Why don t you do us all a favor Counciller Price Drop Dead along with your cash/expensisise grabbing fellow councilers you have Killed the city off so kill yourselves off jarvis 2

2:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

The only good thing about this development is the cinema which may help to prevent risk to our young people driving to Worcester for the pictures.
The only good thing about this development is the cinema which may help to prevent risk to our young people driving to Worcester for the pictures. JollyJesterTwo

2:50pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Herefordian07 says...

I do love the Cabinet rhetoric and constant propaganda, they keep repeating the mantra of uniting the two centres - what utter codswallop, when we the people said from the onset that it would divide the city and the historic centre would suffer, we were told it would enhance the city, if this is the case why have they changed position and say it will unite the centre, you cannot unite something if it isn't divided in the first place! The artists impression seems to have omitted any traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and also lowered the height of this monstrosity too and with councillor Price in charge we have nothing to fear LOL. JD's pub appears to have gone the way of Rockfield Road DIY to boot !
I do love the Cabinet rhetoric and constant propaganda, they keep repeating the mantra of uniting the two centres - what utter codswallop, when we the people said from the onset that it would divide the city and the historic centre would suffer, we were told it would enhance the city, if this is the case why have they changed position and say it will unite the centre, you cannot unite something if it isn't divided in the first place! The artists impression seems to have omitted any traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and also lowered the height of this monstrosity too and with councillor Price in charge we have nothing to fear LOL. JD's pub appears to have gone the way of Rockfield Road DIY to boot ! Herefordian07

4:01pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mizza21 says...

The artists impression is a ridiculous fiction. No JDs pub. The new development seems to be reduced in height to make it look less of a carbuncle and where is all the traffic on Newmarket Street?

What a preposterous attempt at marketing. It would be funny if we hadn't had to pay for it. Can we have an artists impression of the Edgar Street elevation too please? I could do with a laugh, or a cry..
The artists impression is a ridiculous fiction. No JDs pub. The new development seems to be reduced in height to make it look less of a carbuncle and where is all the traffic on Newmarket Street? What a preposterous attempt at marketing. It would be funny if we hadn't had to pay for it. Can we have an artists impression of the Edgar Street elevation too please? I could do with a laugh, or a cry.. mizza21

4:26pm Thu 19 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

Mr.Herefordian wrote:
The IOC political party are forecasting doom over this highway work, their comments on the radio should put people off shopping in the city. Think possative for our city your attempts to stop this development have failed talk the city up and cease your negative chatter.
Quite agree.Sick and tired of these moaning gits.
Don't forget that the IOC do not want a by pass built infact they don't want anything built.They would rather stand by and watch Hereford die.
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Herefordian[/bold] wrote: The IOC political party are forecasting doom over this highway work, their comments on the radio should put people off shopping in the city. Think possative for our city your attempts to stop this development have failed talk the city up and cease your negative chatter.[/p][/quote]Quite agree.Sick and tired of these moaning gits. Don't forget that the IOC do not want a by pass built infact they don't want anything built.They would rather stand by and watch Hereford die. William Rudd

4:51pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mizza21 says...

William Rudd. I have always liked you.
What does this topic have to do with IOC ?

I paid my council tax.
My council tax was spent on this white elephant.
I disagree with it on business, social and on moral grounds.
I am not in any way affiliated to IOC.
I have a right to moan and complain if I want to sir ! As do all the other posters on here who like to complain about something they feel strongly about.
William Rudd. I have always liked you. What does this topic have to do with IOC ? I paid my council tax. My council tax was spent on this white elephant. I disagree with it on business, social and on moral grounds. I am not in any way affiliated to IOC. I have a right to moan and complain if I want to sir ! As do all the other posters on here who like to complain about something they feel strongly about. mizza21

6:40pm Thu 19 Dec 13

IanMurray says...

Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because:

YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY

and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.
Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because: YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE. IanMurray

11:21pm Thu 19 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

IanMurray wrote:
Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because:

YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY

and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.
It's being paid for by the developers
[quote][p][bold]IanMurray[/bold] wrote: Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because: YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.[/p][/quote]It's being paid for by the developers William Rudd

11:27pm Thu 19 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

mizza21 wrote:
William Rudd. I have always liked you.
What does this topic have to do with IOC ?

I paid my council tax.
My council tax was spent on this white elephant.
I disagree with it on business, social and on moral grounds.
I am not in any way affiliated to IOC.
I have a right to moan and complain if I want to sir ! As do all the other posters on here who like to complain about something they feel strongly about.
Come on Mizza I'ts a tad pathetic to not know that IOC (when the C was City) tried there very best to stop this development.
And white elephant...Really :-)
[quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: William Rudd. I have always liked you. What does this topic have to do with IOC ? I paid my council tax. My council tax was spent on this white elephant. I disagree with it on business, social and on moral grounds. I am not in any way affiliated to IOC. I have a right to moan and complain if I want to sir ! As do all the other posters on here who like to complain about something they feel strongly about.[/p][/quote]Come on Mizza I'ts a tad pathetic to not know that IOC (when the C was City) tried there very best to stop this development. And white elephant...Really :-) William Rudd

6:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

B the B says...

Mr.Herefordian wrote:
The IOC political party are forecasting doom over this highway work, their comments on the radio should put people off shopping in the city. Think possative for our city your attempts to stop this development have failed talk the city up and cease your negative chatter.
I agree. Cant wait for it to open its the best thing that's happened to Hereford for years, most people feel that way. I see you have a lot "thumbs Down" shouldn't be surprise as I have said before this should be renamed the IOC news. Nobody says a bad word about them on here.
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Herefordian[/bold] wrote: The IOC political party are forecasting doom over this highway work, their comments on the radio should put people off shopping in the city. Think possative for our city your attempts to stop this development have failed talk the city up and cease your negative chatter.[/p][/quote]I agree. Cant wait for it to open its the best thing that's happened to Hereford for years, most people feel that way. I see you have a lot "thumbs Down" shouldn't be surprise as I have said before this should be renamed the IOC news. Nobody says a bad word about them on here. B the B

6:38am Fri 20 Dec 13

B the B says...

I do agree that the picture isn't representative with the lack of cars, oh hang on, you've all forgotten something, the new cycle bridge is open and everyone is now on bikes, that's it !
I do agree that the picture isn't representative with the lack of cars, oh hang on, you've all forgotten something, the new cycle bridge is open and everyone is now on bikes, that's it ! B the B

4:09pm Fri 20 Dec 13

B the B says...

the lycra brigade are restless, love it.
the lycra brigade are restless, love it. B the B

8:19pm Fri 20 Dec 13

IanMurray says...

William Rudd wrote:
IanMurray wrote:
Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because:

YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY

and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.
It's being paid for by the developers
If it is being paid for by the developers, then why are Herefordshire Council listing "Road Building" as one of the few items that they intend to spend what little money on? Not road repairs but building - listed under their consultation dociument.
[quote][p][bold]William Rudd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IanMurray[/bold] wrote: Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because: YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.[/p][/quote]It's being paid for by the developers[/p][/quote]If it is being paid for by the developers, then why are Herefordshire Council listing "Road Building" as one of the few items that they intend to spend what little money on? Not road repairs but building - listed under their consultation dociument. IanMurray

9:30am Sat 21 Dec 13

ad47uk says...

There is already a way to get across, it is called a subway and have been in use for years to get from the city centre to the cattle market. i don't understand why it is being blocked off to be honest.
There is already a way to get across, it is called a subway and have been in use for years to get from the city centre to the cattle market. i don't understand why it is being blocked off to be honest. ad47uk

5:02pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Lord Smythe says...

What is a but driver? Oh and also, where is bobby47? Is he on the band list?
What is a but driver? Oh and also, where is bobby47? Is he on the band list? Lord Smythe

8:21am Sun 22 Dec 13

drjazz says...

I wonder how many other cities in the UK have a 20mph speed limit on the main ring road.
I wonder how many other cities in the UK have a 20mph speed limit on the main ring road. drjazz

3:33pm Sun 22 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

IanMurray wrote:
William Rudd wrote:
IanMurray wrote:
Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because:

YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY

and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.
It's being paid for by the developers
If it is being paid for by the developers, then why are Herefordshire Council listing "Road Building" as one of the few items that they intend to spend what little money on? Not road repairs but building - listed under their consultation dociument.
I'm quoting the posters question which is about the topic which we are posting about ie the work that is about to start in Newmarket St which is being paid for by the developers
[quote][p][bold]IanMurray[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]William Rudd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IanMurray[/bold] wrote: Dear Herefordshire Council - you cannot build any new roads or resurface old ones as nice pretty pedestrian areas because: YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY and CANNOT EVEN PAY FOR THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HEREFORDSHIRE.[/p][/quote]It's being paid for by the developers[/p][/quote]If it is being paid for by the developers, then why are Herefordshire Council listing "Road Building" as one of the few items that they intend to spend what little money on? Not road repairs but building - listed under their consultation dociument.[/p][/quote]I'm quoting the posters question which is about the topic which we are posting about ie the work that is about to start in Newmarket St which is being paid for by the developers William Rudd

12:41pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bobby47 says...

Lord Smythe, They'll never ban me. I'll never stop tap, tap, tapping upon this keyboard. Never! Not while I've got ale in the pantry and a cigarette in my mouth. Never!
They could dispatch the entire Cabinet of Hereford Council up to my dwelling, drag from my home whilst I howled, 'take this bag off my head. I demand my habeas corpus' and I'll never stop.
They could transport me to the outer reaches of Scotland, dig a hole thirty foot deep and bury me in a lead coffin and still, even then it wouldn't stop me.
And I'll tell you why seeing as you didn't ask! Whilst buried in that lead casket I'd build a laptop and once I'd managed to get a wifi connection I'd begin transmitting this utter pigswill and codswallop.
Keen to stop me, they could dispatch a team of highly trained negotiators who's only aim was to stop me tapping at my keyboard in the darkness of my burial site and it wouldn't stop me tapping out my vowels and consonants.
They could scream downwards through the Celtic earth begging me, 'please stop you mad fool' and I'd tap out my answer, 'I'm having the time of my life down here. Unless you've got a shovel and a packet of Scratchings, clear off and leave me be'.
I'll never stop and the HT will never ban me. Im in this until the end which, given the last examination by the psychiatrist, won't be that long to wait.
Lord Smythe, They'll never ban me. I'll never stop tap, tap, tapping upon this keyboard. Never! Not while I've got ale in the pantry and a cigarette in my mouth. Never! They could dispatch the entire Cabinet of Hereford Council up to my dwelling, drag from my home whilst I howled, 'take this bag off my head. I demand my habeas corpus' and I'll never stop. They could transport me to the outer reaches of Scotland, dig a hole thirty foot deep and bury me in a lead coffin and still, even then it wouldn't stop me. And I'll tell you why seeing as you didn't ask! Whilst buried in that lead casket I'd build a laptop and once I'd managed to get a wifi connection I'd begin transmitting this utter pigswill and codswallop. Keen to stop me, they could dispatch a team of highly trained negotiators who's only aim was to stop me tapping at my keyboard in the darkness of my burial site and it wouldn't stop me tapping out my vowels and consonants. They could scream downwards through the Celtic earth begging me, 'please stop you mad fool' and I'd tap out my answer, 'I'm having the time of my life down here. Unless you've got a shovel and a packet of Scratchings, clear off and leave me be'. I'll never stop and the HT will never ban me. Im in this until the end which, given the last examination by the psychiatrist, won't be that long to wait. bobby47

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