Hereford focus for strategic transport investment

Published April 18th, 2017

The long-awaited Hereford bypass has been made a top priority in the region’s vision for the future.

The Midlands Connect Strategy, developed jointly by the Midlands Connect Partnership and the Department for Transport, sets long-term transport investment priorities and aims to secure further infrastructure funding to lay the groundwork for improved connectivity across the Midlands, unlocking growth and jobs.

An early priority is to develop schemes including Hereford bypass. The strategy says the A49 has the potential to alleviate pressure on the M5 and M6 for connections between South Wales and the Midlands and the North.

The partnership has identified a network of Intensive growth corridors connecting the main urban areas where most jobs are located as the main focus for growth in the Midlands

Corridor 6 is from Birmingham to Worcester, Hereford and the Marches with connections to Wales and the South West.

“This is exciting news for all of us living and working in Herefordshire,” said Ben Corbett, chartered surveyor and partner with Berrys in the county.

“The Hereford bypass has had a recent funding set back and this news could spur on development of the road which will stimulate economic grown in the area and enable safer driving.”

Farmers and property owners in the path of the bypass should take advice on the compensation they might receive if their land is required.  Agent’s fees associated with any genuine claims will be payable by the Council.

Ben explained: “In essence, compensation is divided into two categories; compensation where property is taken and where land is not taken. Where land or property is NOT taken, compensation can only be claimed when the scheme is finished and the road has been open for one year.

“If you believe your land will be taken, or if you receive any correspondence that you are having any land taken for their scheme, you should contact us so we can liaise with the scheme provider on your behalf.”

A compulsory Purchase order will be applied to property in the path of the road and there will be disturbance compensation for land needed for construction work or access.

For further details contact Ben Corbett at Berrys on 01544 598081 email

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More about Ben Corbett

BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS
Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01432 809831
Mobile: 07799 902948

Ben is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a registered valuer, he joined Berrys in October 2013. Previously he worked for a large farm management company and for Savills where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006.

Ben manages the Hereford office and the growing range of services that the office delivers. He specialises in valuations, rural property consultancy, and rural property and business advice including planning and development consultancy.