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Herefordshire Council originally closed the bridge over a year ago as part of the Emergency Active Travel Plan in line with the governments advice to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic by creating more space for social distancing. In line with government advice on the removal of many Covid-19 restrictions, Herefordshire Council began the process of removing some Emergency Active Travel Measures in July. The initial elements that were removed in July were; • Footway widening in High Street Bromyard, Broad Street and King Street Hereford. • Temporary 20mph limits in Hereford and the Market Towns • Highway Covid warning signage in Ross on Wye & Kington • Friday closure of High Street Leominster • Extension to closure time of Widemarsh Street Elements that have been removed today include; • Old Wye Bridge Closure Hereford • Footway widening in Bridge Street Hereford During the period of closure there has been a significant increase in cycling and pedestrians in this area. Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: I know these measures were not universally popular but I believe this period of restrictions has allowed us to see a different way of using our streets. I am committed to providing the best environment for both continued use of motor vehicles in the centre of Hereford whilst encouraging better walking and cycling routes and better use of our pavements for hospitality outlets.
The Old Wye Bridge in Hereford is set to re-open to traffic from Friday 1 October, as the next part of the phased removal of the temporary emergency active travel measures introduced in July last year The original lining and parking bays on Broad Street and Bridge Street in the City will also be reinstated. Cllr John Harrington, cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, says: