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Hereford Light Rail Plan Gathers Momentum

This article was taken from the Pre Metro Operations Ltd. site at https://premetro.co.uk/news/hereford-light-rail-plan-gathers-momentum/

A projected Light Rail scheme in Hereford City Centre is the latest proposal to suggest Pre Metro Operations’ involvement.

An outline report of the case for a light tram system in Hereford, produced by transport geographer Gareth Calan Davies with assistance from Pre Metro Operations, was published early in 2016. This was prepared as part of a growing case for a sustainable transport plan for the City of Hereford and dovetailed into the declared Local Transport Plan policies of Herefordshire Council. Following this an autumn public meeting was arranged by the transport group Rail & Bus for Herefordshire at which the MD of Pre Metro Operations gave an informative and enlightening talk on developments in light tram systems with specific reference to the Stourbridge operation.

The result of this meeting was to stimulate a considerable interest and support for a tram system in Hereford starting with a phase 1 scheme connecting the large housing areas south of the river with the city and the main line railway station. The tram route would use the existing Great Western Way which as a pedestrian and cycle route is on the formation of an old railway line which includes an existing bridge over the River Wye. Further phases of the scheme connect into the new Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas (also south of the river) and greater penetration of the city centre.

Following the Rail & Bus meeting a number of interested groups came together under the banner of the Hereford Transport Alliance, supported by both Pre Metro Operations Ltd and Gareth Calan Davies. Hereford Transport Alliance organised a stand in High Town, the city centre, where information on the potential for a tram route was disseminated to the public together with a petition to the Council asking for the proposals to be taken further as part of their long term LTP.

A significant factor is that a number of groups came together and the tram proposal gained a higher profile and hence an increased measure of support. To build on this Hereford Transport Alliance have called a meeting in mid-December to discuss ways forward for the project. Pre Metro Operations is closely involved in the process which as a next phase will include developing a business plan and involving more closely the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department of Transport and both Herefordshire and Hereford City Council.

For further information, please contact Gareth Calan Davies: ghal@btinternet.com