MP Jesse Norman asks for views on "problem road" in Gloucestershire

Hereford Times: MP Jesse Norman. MP Jesse Norman.

A HEREFORDSHIRE MP wants the public to have a say on a stretch of road that he says is a "massive problem for Herefordians".

Jesse Norman, the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, states in an article on his Twitter page that the A417 road over Birdlip Hill in Gloucestershire is a problem for Herefordians wanting to get to the M40 for Oxford, or to Swindon and the M4 to London.

In the piece Mr Norman mentions a scheme that has been proposed to sort out the traffic on the road and make it safer for drivers, and he asks members of the public to have their say in his survey on the subject.

The article says: "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.

"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."

To view the survey click here.

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2:07pm Tue 27 May 14

Holmerowan says...

Jesse Norman should be more concerned about the roads in Herefordshire. But perhaps, he just doesn't care, just like the Tory Administration running the county.
Jesse Norman should be more concerned about the roads in Herefordshire. But perhaps, he just doesn't care, just like the Tory Administration running the county. Holmerowan
  • Score: 10

2:13pm Tue 27 May 14

drjazz says...

I had an email from Jesse Norman a few days ago about this. This was my reply......"Dear Mr Norman,

Don’t you think your time and efforts would be much better spent sorting out the traffic problems we have in Hereford City itself.

In fact the second paragraph of your email could be an exact description of traffic flow in our City.

Leave Gloucestershire issues to Gloucestershire MPs and please concentrate on the area you represent.

Yours sincerely," etc
I had an email from Jesse Norman a few days ago about this. This was my reply......"Dear Mr Norman, Don’t you think your time and efforts would be much better spent sorting out the traffic problems we have in Hereford City itself. In fact the second paragraph of your email could be an exact description of traffic flow in our City. Leave Gloucestershire issues to Gloucestershire MPs and please concentrate on the area you represent. Yours sincerely," etc drjazz
  • Score: 19

3:41pm Tue 27 May 14

mizza21 says...

A lot of Hereford folk use this route very regularly.
It is an issue that affects his constituents. In this sense he has a valid reason for showing an interest politically.

That is where it ends though my rural chums.
Why has he picked up on this?
Does he know something we don't?
Is investment imminent?
Can he then trumpet it as an achievement when it gets done?

Mr Norman is a Tory Toff politician and this particular old Etonian investment banker selects his issues on which he fights carefully.
Low hanging fruit I believe it's called.
A lot of Hereford folk use this route very regularly. It is an issue that affects his constituents. In this sense he has a valid reason for showing an interest politically. That is where it ends though my rural chums. Why has he picked up on this? Does he know something we don't? Is investment imminent? Can he then trumpet it as an achievement when it gets done? Mr Norman is a Tory Toff politician and this particular old Etonian investment banker selects his issues on which he fights carefully. Low hanging fruit I believe it's called. mizza21
  • Score: 11

4:55pm Tue 27 May 14

yokelyokel says...

The main congestion issue is when travelling north from the Swindon diretion towards the Air balloon as a fast dual carriageway shrinks to a single carriageway with the air balloon roundabout at the end of that. The loop plan has been on the table for years and appears to resolve that issue. It is a strategic route that has never been completed.

No idea what it has to do with access to the M40 though - heading through and from Gloucester that way it is just one of many points vulnerable to delay.

The A49 south from Shrewsbury to Ross on Wye, similarly, is a strategic route that has never been completed - bypasses around just about everywhere except Hereford. That is what Jesse should be pushing and forcing through (and sending out surveys asking if any of us have ever been late due to congestion in Hereford/Herefordhir
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The main congestion issue is when travelling north from the Swindon diretion towards the Air balloon as a fast dual carriageway shrinks to a single carriageway with the air balloon roundabout at the end of that. The loop plan has been on the table for years and appears to resolve that issue. It is a strategic route that has never been completed. No idea what it has to do with access to the M40 though - heading through and from Gloucester that way it is just one of many points vulnerable to delay. The A49 south from Shrewsbury to Ross on Wye, similarly, is a strategic route that has never been completed - bypasses around just about everywhere except Hereford. That is what Jesse should be pushing and forcing through (and sending out surveys asking if any of us have ever been late due to congestion in Hereford/Herefordhir e) yokelyokel
  • Score: 14

5:00pm Tue 27 May 14

mizza21 says...

You are right Yokel but there is less political capital in that
You are right Yokel but there is less political capital in that mizza21
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Tue 27 May 14

Hereford person says...

UKIP are coming to get him.
UKIP are coming to get him. Hereford person
  • Score: 7

7:37pm Tue 27 May 14

swampy says...

You just could'nt make it up ! It a shame he is getting delayed on him way from his home to Herefordshire for the few times he visits the County, although it will probably be a little more often coming up to the general election next year. He should use public transport, after all its not like he has to pay for it, it all comes out of his expenses. Please start concentrating on Hereford problems, like cuts of public services and transport issues we have instead of worrying about other areas.
You just could'nt make it up ! It a shame he is getting delayed on him way from his home to Herefordshire for the few times he visits the County, although it will probably be a little more often coming up to the general election next year. He should use public transport, after all its not like he has to pay for it, it all comes out of his expenses. Please start concentrating on Hereford problems, like cuts of public services and transport issues we have instead of worrying about other areas. swampy
  • Score: 12

8:03pm Tue 27 May 14

RogerLFC says...

This foray into a physical problem outside his own Constituency will always attract comments that he should be doing more (or be perceived to be doing more) on his own patch about the road problems. Which of course he should be 100% concentrating on. The problems around the Air Balloon are well known and any improvements in and around there should be pursued by the Air Balloon MP ...
This foray into a physical problem outside his own Constituency will always attract comments that he should be doing more (or be perceived to be doing more) on his own patch about the road problems. Which of course he should be 100% concentrating on. The problems around the Air Balloon are well known and any improvements in and around there should be pursued by the Air Balloon MP ... RogerLFC
  • Score: 14

10:25pm Tue 27 May 14

saidflo says...

Jesse sent an email to me about this the other day too.

Think he may have discovered it's a bad move by now.

I was hoping he would tackle the congestion in Hereford and look after us. His constituents.

I've travelled by car past the new "Old Market" a few times today - The safety of pedestrians crossing Newmarket Street is questionable.
Why hasn't he noticed and used his position to do something about it?
Jesse sent an email to me about this the other day too. Think he may have discovered it's a bad move by now. I was hoping he would tackle the congestion in Hereford and look after us. His constituents. I've travelled by car past the new "Old Market" a few times today - The safety of pedestrians crossing Newmarket Street is questionable. Why hasn't he noticed and used his position to do something about it? saidflo
  • Score: 14

11:53am Wed 28 May 14

LorraineK says...

I get it, the proposed relief road and ring road must be bypassing Hereford altogether. We should be concentrating on sorting out congestion in Hereford and actually making it easier to get out of/into town rather than out of the county altogether. The grass verges won't be cut, all signs will be hidden so Hereford will be just one big maze puzzle.
I get it, the proposed relief road and ring road must be bypassing Hereford altogether. We should be concentrating on sorting out congestion in Hereford and actually making it easier to get out of/into town rather than out of the county altogether. The grass verges won't be cut, all signs will be hidden so Hereford will be just one big maze puzzle. LorraineK
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Wed 28 May 14

WYSIATI says...

I will be pushing to improve that road - if all it needs is a signature or a comment then it's a small price to pay. I've lost count of the number of times I've been held up coming to or going from Hereford over there.

Plenty to do here too of course but that doesn't mean nothing is needed anywhere else.

Looking forward to the potholes here being fixed sometime before 2020 - perhaps I should invite Jesse over - hopefully he has a fast low slung car and shortly after he's been the road will get fixed (better still maybe before)...
I will be pushing to improve that road - if all it needs is a signature or a comment then it's a small price to pay. I've lost count of the number of times I've been held up coming to or going from Hereford over there. Plenty to do here too of course but that doesn't mean nothing is needed anywhere else. Looking forward to the potholes here being fixed sometime before 2020 - perhaps I should invite Jesse over - hopefully he has a fast low slung car and shortly after he's been the road will get fixed (better still maybe before)... WYSIATI
  • Score: 0

2:16pm Wed 28 May 14

mizza21 says...

It's almost certain Jesse has a Jag. Complete with a driver who he calls by his surname and he sits in the back with a drinks cabinet.
I suspect, when he makes the odd journey out to Herefordshire he is annoyed at the delay and so is using his parliamentary seat and influence to get something done about the delay to his journey.
Of course, he wouldn't use the train as that would mean he may encounter some of his constituents.
It's almost certain Jesse has a Jag. Complete with a driver who he calls by his surname and he sits in the back with a drinks cabinet. I suspect, when he makes the odd journey out to Herefordshire he is annoyed at the delay and so is using his parliamentary seat and influence to get something done about the delay to his journey. Of course, he wouldn't use the train as that would mean he may encounter some of his constituents. mizza21
  • Score: 8

5:46pm Sat 31 May 14

steveinleo says...

Perhaps Mr Norman should look at Herefordshire first, that is if he can find it !
It's about time our MP's were seen out and about rather than tweeting or twerping from their counrty pile.

We'll see them next year for the elections for a fleeting second.

I know where my vote is going and that is to someone who knows his voters and where they live for a start.

No wonder we think Herefordshire is a lost county and forgotten within government. Perhaps he has been voting for the wrong county too !!
Perhaps Mr Norman should look at Herefordshire first, that is if he can find it ! It's about time our MP's were seen out and about rather than tweeting or twerping from their counrty pile. We'll see them next year for the elections for a fleeting second. I know where my vote is going and that is to someone who knows his voters and where they live for a start. No wonder we think Herefordshire is a lost county and forgotten within government. Perhaps he has been voting for the wrong county too !! steveinleo
  • Score: 1

8:06am Mon 2 Jun 14

firslea says...

If you live in the south of Herefordshire the A40 at Birdlip is much more important than the A49 by-pass around Hereford. If I lived in Hereford I would take adifferent view.
It is right that our MP is campaigning for both
If you live in the south of Herefordshire the A40 at Birdlip is much more important than the A49 by-pass around Hereford. If I lived in Hereford I would take adifferent view. It is right that our MP is campaigning for both firslea
  • Score: -2

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