CYCLIST will be allowed to ride against the flow of traffic as a major change is made to a Hereford street.

As part of the St Owen Street cycleway work, which has seen a contraflow lane added to the road down to St Peter's Square, the major change will soon come into force in Mill Street.

The road, near the Bath Street junction, will see cars, vans and other vehicles only able to travel south, as is currently the case. But from March 31, cyclists will be able to go against the flow of traffic.


All vehicles must travel southwards, except for pedal cycles which may travel northwards as well.

It will be in force between its junction with Green Street and its junction with Cantilupe Street.

The new rule is part of the St Owen Street cycleway project, which has seen Herefordshire Council spend more than £1 million on the route - exceeding the original budget by hundreds of thousands of pounds.


The council said that after a consultation, it wanted to include an additional length of cycle contraflow for Mill Street, extending the contraflow from the junction of Cantilupe Street north to the junction of Green Street.

"This section of contraflow will provide an additional route option for cycles to access the Mill Street, Bath Street, St Owen Street junction area," council documents said.

"This additional section will be an informal contraflow, which means there will be no marked lane in this section of Mill Street."

No changes to parking will be required for this additional length of cycle contraflow, it added.

A previous version of this article stated a new one-way system was being introduced, but it is in fact a new contraflow for cyclists.