‘Climate emergency’ council pauses work on major roads schemes

A council in the West Midlands has paused work on a bypass and link road, partly over concerns that the projects may not be compatible with the ‘climate emergency’ recently declared by the local authority.

Herefordshire Council’s cabinet took the decision to pause all work on the Hereford bypass and southern link road and review the projects at a meeting earlier this month.

A preferred route for the bypass, a new single carriageway two-lane road to the west of Hereford, connecting the A49 to the north of the town with the A465 to the south-west, was announced in July 2018.

Permission for the southern link road, a 3.6-kilometre new single carriageway road between the A49/ B4399 junction and the A465/B3449 to the south of Hereford, was granted in June 2016.

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