Welcome to Rail and Bus for Herefordshire

Rail & Bus for Herefordshire (RBfH) was formed over two decades ago as Rail for Herefordshire. The bus service element was added in 2012 as a response to impending cuts to local bus services. RBfH considers that both rail and bus services are vital to the future of public transport in Herefordshire and are an important and integral part of the economic and social development of the County.

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Our Mission

The principal aims of RBfH are:

  1. To promote the interests of passengers using rail and bus services within Herefordshire and between Herefordshire and regional/national destinations.
  2. To actively assist in the promotion and development of public transport services and associated infrastructure such as rail and bus stations.
  3. To develop a cooperative relationship with train operating companies and Network Rail, Herefordshire Council, Members of Parliament, parish councils and other rail user organisations.

Our work and Campaigns

RBfH is actively involved in:

  1. The current consultation process for the award of new franchises for a. Wales & the Borders (as a member of the Marches Rail Users Alliance); b. the West Midlands and c. the Great Western.
  2. The development of a transport hub at Hereford Barrs Court station; improvements to stations at Leominster (in association with Leominster Rail Group) and Ledbury (as part of a Ledbury Local Transport Plan).
  3. County wide publicity campaigns to save rural bus services.
  4. Assistance to local bus service groups and parishes with timetable publicity.
  5. Development of future public transport in Herefordshire as part of Herefordshire Council’s Local Transport Plan and County Core Strategy Plan.

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South Wales Railway Course: Workers Educational Association

Your chairman, Gareth Calan Davies, will be running a WEA course in Hereford on the Development of Standard Gauge Railways in South Wales & the Borders. As a transport geographer Gareth has a keen interest in the development of railways as part of the economic and...

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Signal Failure

This pre-election extract from the magazine Private Eye is most telling in view of the political and financial wrangling taking place over the Wales & Borders franchise which includes the Marches line through Herefordshire. Received from a member correspondent 14...

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Heart of Wales Line Trail

The launch of the northern end of the trail from Craven Arms to Knighton could not have expressed so effectively the widespread support for the project. Over 65 people attended the opening session at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (which has a superb exhibition...

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From the Archives

The Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway Company was sanctioned by Parliament in 1846. However, work did not start until 1850 and eventually, the railway was opened to a terminus at Hereford Barrs Court in 1853. Initially, it was operated by the West Midlands Railway...

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The Hay Ho! Bus

Herefordshire Green Network are providing an opportunity for all us who are concerned about the decline of local bus services and find out more and hear about the opportunities to develop a more sustainable long term transport solution for Hereford. Local experts Anna...

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I & S Market Day Service

Despite help from Rail & bus for Herefordshire with publicity and a small core of regular passengers, I and S Coaches have not been able to sustain this service commercially. The service ceased on 29 September 2017.

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