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Council unveils its vision for countywide travel

Residents’ views are needed to help plan for the future of car parking in Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Council is asking for comments on its proposed parking strategy, which focuses on reductions in traffic congestion and how we may encourage alternative means of travel across the county.

The strategy outlines a number of aims including providing adequate parking for visitors to encourage economic growth and managing long stay commuter parking to reduce peak hour congestion.  It also looks at the number of available spaces and current charges as a way to encourage people making short journeys of three miles or less to consider alternative methods of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for education and infrastructure, said: “It’s important to address our current transport policies if we’re to ensure economic growth in Herefordshire. We acknowledge that while some revenue raised from countywide car parking helps to support general council services it will also enable us to offer alternative means of travel and start to build an improved and efficient rural transport service.”

“From a transport perspective, the provision of cheap commuter parking offers little incentive for drivers to consider alternative means of travel, especially those making short city journeys, which ultimately adds to our current congestion problems.  This therefore means we will have to look at our charging policy as a means of changing driver behaviour.”

“We’re looking to introduce new initiatives to address congestion, emissions and parking issues in Hereford such as park and stride, share and cycle sites.  These sites are a simple initiative which encourages car users to drive to the city limits, before parking their vehicle at a safe designated site and continuing their journey on foot, by bike or with another car user.” 

He concluded: “If we can make walking and cycling easier and safer, it will hopefully encourage more people to leave the car at home, especially for those short journeys.”
 
The parking strategy can be viewed at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport/3204.asp, while comments and ideas can be made up until 16 November by completing the online transportation consultation at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/survey/local_transport_plan_consultation/.