Colin Bennett of Eign Road, Hereford says we need two more crossings of Wye

INSTEAD of building a “relief”

road, which very little local traffic would use, why not have two more river crossings?

A road starting from between the end of Hunderton Road and Sydwell Road could cross the river at this point and skirt the Waterworks and end at the top end of Wordsworth Road.

A logical addition to this would be to build a road from the junction of Yazor Road and Grandstand Road across the edge of the racecourse to join Roman Road by the racecourse entrance.

These roads would give Belmont traffic access to Whitecross, Westfields, Holmer, college and north and east routes without going near the city centre.

The second road would run from the old Polish Hospital on Holme Lacy Road across the river and skirt the edge of the sewerage works ending up by scouts corner on Eign Road.

This would give Putson and Rotherwas traffic access to the city, all northern local areas and north and east routes, once again without going near the city centre.

The roads and bridges would have a 7.5 tonne limit and only need to be single carriageway. Once drivers have experimented, having more choices of how to cross the river will make all routes freer of traffic.

To enable roundabouts it would be sensible to demolish the Polish Hospital and move the Scouts’ headquarters slightly to the south.

The total length of these roads is only two miles and the bridges would cross the river at quite narrow parts so the cost should be a fraction of the unwanted 'relief'

road.

Sounds too simple. Is it, or could it work? If was done purely for the use of relieving traffic congestion and not tied in to building more houses I think it could.

COLIN BENNETT, Eign Road, Hereford.

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12:54pm Sat 17 Nov 12

bobby47 says...

Colin, Your writing style suggests that you don't work for the Council, you have nothing to do with the Council and you harbour no hopes of ever having anything to do with them.
You can tell these things. As soon as I read your letter, I thought, 'Hi up. here's a man who does not think in the same way as our Council'.
Believe me Colin, when you've been a Poster as long as I have been and you despise the very oxygen the Council breathe, you can tell straight away when someone writes in with a sane and sensible suggestion.
My dear friend, your letter has become a pointless exercise in you and I expressing warmth and general goodwill toward one another. The Council, who you can probably tell from my writing style, I despise, will sooner divert the Wye up in the Welsh Hills before they would even consider your sane and thoughtful suggestion.
In short, they are as mad as me but unlike me, they take no medication to address their insanity.
We are doomed my friend. So! Pop your idea in some can, bury it in the back garden and when some fool unearths our City in a few hundred years your suggestion will be on display in a museum and the readers will think, 'Why on earth didn't the Council take note of this excellent suggestion'.
My very warmest regards to you Colin and lets all stay optimistic.
Colin, Your writing style suggests that you don't work for the Council, you have nothing to do with the Council and you harbour no hopes of ever having anything to do with them. You can tell these things. As soon as I read your letter, I thought, 'Hi up. here's a man who does not think in the same way as our Council'. Believe me Colin, when you've been a Poster as long as I have been and you despise the very oxygen the Council breathe, you can tell straight away when someone writes in with a sane and sensible suggestion. My dear friend, your letter has become a pointless exercise in you and I expressing warmth and general goodwill toward one another. The Council, who you can probably tell from my writing style, I despise, will sooner divert the Wye up in the Welsh Hills before they would even consider your sane and thoughtful suggestion. In short, they are as mad as me but unlike me, they take no medication to address their insanity. We are doomed my friend. So! Pop your idea in some can, bury it in the back garden and when some fool unearths our City in a few hundred years your suggestion will be on display in a museum and the readers will think, 'Why on earth didn't the Council take note of this excellent suggestion'. My very warmest regards to you Colin and lets all stay optimistic. bobby47

4:40pm Mon 19 Nov 12

littlewhitebull says...

When I read Colin's letter in the Hereford Times, I thought, at last - someone with some positive suggestions about how to ease our traffic problems. The ideas are quite innovative, and would certainly be worth exploring. Sadly, I have to agree with Bobby47's comments (above) that our council will not take a blind bit of notice. I hope I am wrong.
It is time that our council did listen to reasonable ideas from local inhabitants. Sadly, our recent history shows they don't.
Well done, Colin - an excellent contribution to the debate.
When I read Colin's letter in the Hereford Times, I thought, at last - someone with some positive suggestions about how to ease our traffic problems. The ideas are quite innovative, and would certainly be worth exploring. Sadly, I have to agree with Bobby47's comments (above) that our council will not take a blind bit of notice. I hope I am wrong. It is time that our council did listen to reasonable ideas from local inhabitants. Sadly, our recent history shows they don't. Well done, Colin - an excellent contribution to the debate. littlewhitebull

1:44am Tue 20 Nov 12

Belmont Voice says...

Feel free to add your comments to our website as we have discussed this very topic several times www.southwyevoice.co
.uk
Feel free to add your comments to our website as we have discussed this very topic several times www.southwyevoice.co .uk Belmont Voice

11:35am Thu 22 Nov 12

JudSawyer says...

Very sensible, Mr Bennett. I've thought something similar myself in the past. Any difficulties with these routes would be many fewer than the problems of the council's proposed relief/bypass road.
Very sensible, Mr Bennett. I've thought something similar myself in the past. Any difficulties with these routes would be many fewer than the problems of the council's proposed relief/bypass road. JudSawyer

7:08pm Fri 23 Nov 12

TwoWheelsGood says...

Belmont Voice - your site is not accepting registrations - you've let bobby47 in - and who wouldn't - but you're keeping his trusty cohorts out - something wrong surely?

As for bridges, the council have spent 6 years and millions on endless consultations and redesigns of the Connect2 Greenway, the cycle and pedestrian (and occasional horse) way over the river, connecting St James to Rotherwas - It was simple, too simple - they made it complicated, very complicated. Result? Nothing, nada, zilch, total silence from those responsible, even they’ve run out of spin. All the volunteers that worked to raise funds, sit on endless meetings, do the councils work, all shafted, treated with utter contempt. Amey have done VERY well out of it though.

We can all come up with sensible schemes like Colin's, but while we have this bunch in power, sensible just doesn't cut it.
Belmont Voice - your site is not accepting registrations - you've let bobby47 in - and who wouldn't - but you're keeping his trusty cohorts out - something wrong surely? As for bridges, the council have spent 6 years and millions on endless consultations and redesigns of the Connect2 Greenway, the cycle and pedestrian (and occasional horse) way over the river, connecting St James to Rotherwas - It was simple, too simple - they made it complicated, very complicated. Result? Nothing, nada, zilch, total silence from those responsible, even they’ve run out of spin. All the volunteers that worked to raise funds, sit on endless meetings, do the councils work, all shafted, treated with utter contempt. Amey have done VERY well out of it though. We can all come up with sensible schemes like Colin's, but while we have this bunch in power, sensible just doesn't cut it. TwoWheelsGood

7:23pm Thu 29 Nov 12

trucking says...

Its a great idea, i totaly agrea we do need more river crossings for our heavy traffic to get moving and a by-pass is a must. However by the time this happens we will be driving hover cars and wont need roads.
Its a great idea, i totaly agrea we do need more river crossings for our heavy traffic to get moving and a by-pass is a must. However by the time this happens we will be driving hover cars and wont need roads. trucking

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