Following last week's decision to cease all work on the program, COUNTY business leaders have launched a campaign to save plans for a Hereford bypass.
John Harrington, member of the Herefordshire Council Infrastructure and Transport Cabinet, has decided to suspend work on Southern Link Road and Western Relief Road to commission a review of both projects.
The proposed link road, which officers see as the first leg of the ring road, has a building permit and would connect the A49 Ross Road to the A465 Abergavenny Road.
Last year, the previous government chose its preferred route for the western road to drive north from the A465 across the River Wye near the Dorchester Way in Belmont and drive through Breinton between Warham Farm and Warham House.
The road would then cross Kings Acre Road near the Bay Horse Inn and Yazor Brook, connecting to Roman Road, before crossing the Tillington and Canon Pyon roads and connecting to the A49 north of Holmer.
However, the new Heads of Government of the District Council may decide to completely abolish the plans in the coming months.
They have now authorized officers to spend up to £ 120,000 on the review of both road plans to reach a decision by the end of 2019.
However, the managers of the Herefordshire Business Board believe that the local economy will be damaged if no bypass is built.
Chairman Frank Myers said, "People need to realize that if we want to be cared for at our age, we need a healthy local economy and a thriving, younger working population.
"No street will mean fewer jobs, fewer young people because they leave, which means less money for care.
"At present, our average wage is one of the lowest in the country, and we need to change that by attracting higher-paid jobs.
"After decades of painstaking progress and negotiation to put everything together, including funding and government approval, we have finally reached a position where we are ready and ready to go.
"If the city councils now throw everything away, there may not be a chance for decades, and the write-off of past investments will seriously undermine City Council finances.
"That would be a tragic waste, and it would completely go against the wishes of so many locals who know how urgently the road is needed and how important it is for our future prosperity.
"No one wants more traffic and more fumes, no one wants less investment and wealth.
"Politicians involved in this decision should be aware that they will be judged by their consequences over many years."
Ian Peake, director of Herefordshire and Ludlow College, said he has a number of concerns about the impact of cessation of long-term infrastructure projects.
"If the county does not carry out the long-promised improvements to the transport network, in particular the ring road, it is highly unlikely that the local economy will be able to develop our young people and provide them with the better paid jobs they need and earn. " he said.
"Successful local economic development and the creation of a better urban environment are crucial to keeping our well-educated, skilled and highly motivated young people engaged."
He also said that the extent of congestion in and around Hereford was unacceptable.
"This has a direct impact on the ability of students and staff to enter college at Hereford and Holme Lacy locations," he said.
"The city's excessive pollution and congestion make it a far less attractive place to live for employees and exacerbate the challenges of recruiting and retaining highly skilled employees.
"The continuing failure to improve transport systems will directly affect the county's businesses and the development of the new university.
"It is already difficult to lure highly qualified staff to Herefordshire, as the district is relatively remote and away from key urban centers."
Doug Barrat, chairman of the Hereford Investment Partnership, said a bypass was crucial to bring more business to the Hereford Enterprise Zone near Rotherwas.
"Skylon Park is the largest workplace in County Herefordshire," he said.
"It is home to well over 125 companies and still has about 70 acres of land for development.
"It's also designated as one of the UK's Enterprise Zones, the only one serving the LEP brand area."
He said Highways England has imposed restrictions on roadworks on the job site that make a new road vital for growth.
"The current limits mean that at peak times, only about 300 additional vehicle trips per day are allowed," he said.
"The development, which has already been approved and is under development, means that these ceilings are almost reached.
"A planned development of the property that caused more trips per day than these limits would not guarantee a building permit due to the possible negative impact on the A49 congestion.
"It is therefore very likely that the development of the business zone will come to a standstill and the remaining locations can not be expanded."
Councilor Harrington said the city council needed to examine the complex issues surrounding the two road plans before making a final decision.
"After a change of administration and with the time to think about it, it has now been decided to interrupt all work on the Hereford bypass and the Southern Link Road to have more time to examine these schemes in more detail and to consider other options," said he.
"There are many complex issues to consider, and it is very important to study them thoroughly.
"The views of local residents, commuters and local businesses are very important to us.
"It is vital that the development of travel, transportation and infrastructure facilities in Hereford supports the economy, contributes to improving health and wellbeing, and makes Herefordshire a better place to live, work and visit.
"We must also ensure that we respond effectively to the Climate Change emergency declared by the Herefordshire Council and the government.
"As part of this review, it is important to consider alternative options.
"These include, for example, an infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians (including safe school routes), an eastern river crossing and the elimination of some traffic signals. It could also include options for electric bus service, improving school bus connections, and a microlight system.
"All options must be considered in order to provide a high-quality, integrated and low-carbon transport system for the whole of Herefordshire in the long term, not only for the immediate future but for generations to come."
Coun Harrington had also considered ways to completely stop working on both road maps and continue the implementation of both projects.
The council says that a total of six options, along with the views of local councils, have been carefully considered.
"Given the importance of the next steps in the current arrangements developed under previous administrations, it is appropriate to halt and review them to ensure that the right decisions are made for the future of Herefordshire," the decision says.