Travelling around rural areas remains a challenge, with less than half of rural residents having access to regular public transport. Car journeys remain the primary means of transport. This poses a particular issue to children, young adults, and adults who are unable to drive.
Lack of public transport is also a particular challenge to businesses and tourism based in the countryside. Many struggle to attract clients and workers.
An integrated project bringing together community transport, existing rural services, adult social care transport and school services would improve rural transport options throughout the county.
A Liberal Democrat led council will:
- Look at a local integrated transport service for Rural areas and the City.
- Re-route the existing A49 by completing the Bypass around Hereford. This will lead to obtaining better cycle paths throughout the city as the main road will then be under Council control. Lower emissions within the city will benefit over 500 families and at least one primary school.
- Introduce a new Young Person’s Bus Discount Card, for people aged 16–21, giving a two-thirds discount on bus travel.
- Invest in the co-location of services around existing local infrastructure: eg, primary care services, post offices and pubs.
- Promote exploration of further trains links to Bristol/London without needing to travel into Wales. This could be done by reopening Pontrilas station.
- Look at working with parish councils and local companies to allow for quicker reaction to pothole repairs.
- Investigate new techniques in road infrastructure, e.g. use of plastic in road renewal schemes and new technologies to improve access and information.
- Allow existing bus passes to be used from 9am.