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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The Secretary of State for Transport Announcement

The Department for Transport spin doctors obviously had the Christmas spirit in them when they gave the Transport Minister a bag of rail goodies to announce. Reopening railway lines and stations and hints of measures to transfer more freight from road to rail were the...

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On the Buses

Whilst on the subject of government, the DfT has published a series of guidance documents relating to the creation of advanced quality bus partnerships and how local authorities can establish franchise schemes. The aim is to bring more stability into the provision of...

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Arriva Trains pulls out of Wales & Borders Franchise Bid

In a surprise announcement, Arriva Trains UK Ltd (of which Arriva Trains Wales is a subsidiary) announced it was pulling out of the bid process for the next Wales & Borders Franchise due to begin in late 2018. An email from the Arriva Trains bid team to the Marches...

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A New Operator on our Birmingham Service

They say a new broom sweeps clean. Let us hope so for Herefordshire passengers on the Birmingham service, with the new operator West Midlands Trains (alias Abellio) due to start on 10 December 2017. Rail & Bus has yet to make contact with West Midlands Trains but we...

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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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