MP Jesse Norman defends interest in A417 over Birdlip Hill

MP Jesse Norman defends interest in Gloucestershire road

MP Jesse Norman defends interest in Gloucestershire road

First published in News

HEREFORD'S MP has defended his interest in seeking to improve a Gloucestershire junction, saying that 90 per cent of those responding to his research have supported his stance.

Conservative Jesse Norman recently claimed that the A417 over Birdlip Hill is a “massive problem” for Herefordians wanting to get to Oxford and London.

In the emails sent out to many of his constituents, Mr Norman mentions a scheme that has been proposed to solve traffic issues at the junction that lies some 40 miles away from Hereford.

He also invited responses from those who he had contacted on the subject.

Despite a number of comments on social media and the Hereford Times website from constituents asking him to focus on problems closer to home, Mr Norman maintains that he is "fighting 24/7 for Herefordians on local and national issues".

He said: "I live in Hereford and know full well how difficult it can be to get around the city at the best of times and I have been deeply engaged in trying to improve the city and its traffic congestion for years. 

"The chaos caused by the recent congestion, and by the earlier road closure at Holme Lacy, highlights exactly why we need an Eastern Link Road and a second river crossing – something I have been campaigning for since before 2010.

"As for Birdlip, the fact is that many people in Hereford and South Herefordshire use this road. They rely on it in order to get to work, to run their businesses and to see their families.

"The extremely positive local response to my survey reflected this, with nearly nine out of 10 respondents in support."

Mr Norman said he would also continue to push for more to be done to solve problems on Herefordshire's roads – especially with regards to potholes.

He added: "In Parliament I have extensively pressed the Secretary of State for Transport and the Chancellor of the Exchequer for more cash to repair Herefordshire’s roads. Last year the government made available an extra £140 million for potholes, of which Herefordshire received £3.5 million. This year the Chancellor has announced a new £200m Pothole Challenge Fund specifically aimed at rural areas. 

"I have also been pushing the Highways Agency to act on the poor state of the A49 through the city — something that contractors have brought forward in response to this concern, and to vigorous cross-party lobbying by local councillors."

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7:28pm Thu 29 May 14

swampy says...

So eight out of ten of his friends agreed with him !!
It would be good to know how the email was put and how many it was sent to.
Its easy to massage the figures into looking positive, sadly out M.P.'s are expert at that.
So eight out of ten of his friends agreed with him !! It would be good to know how the email was put and how many it was sent to. Its easy to massage the figures into looking positive, sadly out M.P.'s are expert at that. swampy
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8:50pm Thu 29 May 14

fmrbill says...

Swampy u beat me to it is 9 people responsed out of 10 or 900 out of 1000. These polictians think we are simple stop the waffle lets have the facts or some more advice mr norman when u r in a hole STOP DIGGING u messed up on this idea me thinks
Swampy u beat me to it is 9 people responsed out of 10 or 900 out of 1000. These polictians think we are simple stop the waffle lets have the facts or some more advice mr norman when u r in a hole STOP DIGGING u messed up on this idea me thinks fmrbill
  • Score: 3

10:26am Fri 30 May 14

mizza21 says...

Pathetic.. Stop Talking Mr Norman, you sound like a politician.

Pothole Challenge Fund!!!
What rubbish. You are seeing the results of the last four years of Government cuts appearing as holes in the road.

He does seem to be sneering in his photo as well.
Pathetic.. Stop Talking Mr Norman, you sound like a politician. Pothole Challenge Fund!!! What rubbish. You are seeing the results of the last four years of Government cuts appearing as holes in the road. He does seem to be sneering in his photo as well. mizza21
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12:22pm Fri 30 May 14

redyoll says...

Bit confused Jess is calling for an Eastern link road/HC are calling for a West
Bypass and of course there is the Edgar Street link road
Bit confused Jess is calling for an Eastern link road/HC are calling for a West Bypass and of course there is the Edgar Street link road redyoll
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12:51pm Fri 30 May 14

Hereford person says...

Yes you would think that these Tories would get together and put forward the best plan for the city and county. But come on get realistic we won't see any major road building this decade.
Yes you would think that these Tories would get together and put forward the best plan for the city and county. But come on get realistic we won't see any major road building this decade. Hereford person
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2:21pm Fri 30 May 14

mizza21 says...

Bullseye Hereford Person

There will be no bypass before 2020 at least.

Even if consultation started now, it would take 5 to 10 years to get it all done. Get used to the traffic my rural chums.
Bullseye Hereford Person There will be no bypass before 2020 at least. Even if consultation started now, it would take 5 to 10 years to get it all done. Get used to the traffic my rural chums. mizza21
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6:47am Sat 31 May 14

B the B says...

He is right you know, I am always driving up the Birdlip and get fed up flashing lights and waving at my neighbours and friends, its like Aylestone Hill on a good day. In fact I'm sure some of the problem there is, students parking near the Air Ballon to get to the college.
Look after us please Mr Norman.
He is right you know, I am always driving up the Birdlip and get fed up flashing lights and waving at my neighbours and friends, its like Aylestone Hill on a good day. In fact I'm sure some of the problem there is, students parking near the Air Ballon to get to the college. Look after us please Mr Norman. B the B
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4:53pm Thu 5 Jun 14

drjazz says...

swampy wrote:
So eight out of ten of his friends agreed with him !!
It would be good to know how the email was put and how many it was sent to.
Its easy to massage the figures into looking positive, sadly out M.P.'s are expert at that.
This is the email that I received............
.....

Dear ****,

As I'm sure you know, the A417 road over Birdlip Hill by the Air Balloon roundabout is a time-consuming traffic bottleneck - and a massive problem for Herefordians wanting to get to the M40 for Oxford, or to Swindon and the M4 to London.

Even on a good day the road is often congested: hardly surprising, when over 34,000 vehicles use the road daily, many of them HGVs. And when weather conditions are poor, or there has been an accident, the disruption can be nightmarish.

And it's very dangerous. Since 1998 there have been over 340 casualties on the road, of which 39 involved serious injury and 8 resulted in death.

But help is at hand. After many years a scheme has been proposed that is supported by businesses, the local authority, MPs and the Highways Agency. You can find out more about the proposed scheme here. Our job now is to persuade the Department for Transport to add it to the list of major projects for urgent delivery.

But for that they need our feedback. I have compiled a short survey to find out how local people in Herefordshire use this section of the A417, and the effect that the traffic and disruptions have on their everyday lives and wellbeing.

Click here to start the survey

This could make a huge difference. I do hope you will take a moment to fill the survey out and forward it to any friends or contacts who you think might be interested.

With all best wishes, and thanks in advance

Jesse Norman
Member of Parliament
Hereford and South Herefordshire



Copyright © 2014 Jesse Norman MP, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Jesse Norman MP
Suite 3, Penn House
Broad Street
Hereford, HR4 9AP
United Kingdom
[quote][p][bold]swampy[/bold] wrote: So eight out of ten of his friends agreed with him !! It would be good to know how the email was put and how many it was sent to. Its easy to massage the figures into looking positive, sadly out M.P.'s are expert at that.[/p][/quote]This is the email that I received............ ..... Dear ****, As I'm sure you know, the A417 road over Birdlip Hill by the Air Balloon roundabout is a time-consuming traffic bottleneck - and a massive problem for Herefordians wanting to get to the M40 for Oxford, or to Swindon and the M4 to London. Even on a good day the road is often congested: hardly surprising, when over 34,000 vehicles use the road daily, many of them HGVs. And when weather conditions are poor, or there has been an accident, the disruption can be nightmarish. And it's very dangerous. Since 1998 there have been over 340 casualties on the road, of which 39 involved serious injury and 8 resulted in death. But help is at hand. After many years a scheme has been proposed that is supported by businesses, the local authority, MPs and the Highways Agency. You can find out more about the proposed scheme here. Our job now is to persuade the Department for Transport to add it to the list of major projects for urgent delivery. But for that they need our feedback. I have compiled a short survey to find out how local people in Herefordshire use this section of the A417, and the effect that the traffic and disruptions have on their everyday lives and wellbeing. Click here to start the survey This could make a huge difference. I do hope you will take a moment to fill the survey out and forward it to any friends or contacts who you think might be interested. With all best wishes, and thanks in advance Jesse Norman Member of Parliament Hereford and South Herefordshire Copyright © 2014 Jesse Norman MP, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Jesse Norman MP Suite 3, Penn House Broad Street Hereford, HR4 9AP United Kingdom drjazz
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