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Boris Johnson backs bypass for Hereford

The Prime Minister's been in Herefordshire today.

While he used a visit to Hereford County Hospital to announce £300m to prepare the NHS for a second wave of Coronavirus this winter, Boris Johnson's also been asked about some controversial local issues.

Asked whether Hereford needed a bypass, a project which is currently being reviewed by Herefordshire Council, the Prime Minister said it was the authority's "democratic right", adding "all I will say is that I am a believer in getting good infrastructure done".

Boris Johnson inspects new hospital wards
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The Prime Minister was shown the construction work on a new 72-bed unit at Hereford County Hospital

On temporary road changes in the rural county, which take space from cars to give to pedestrians and cyclists, Mr Johnson said: "When I was Mayor of London I used to cycle 30 miles a day easily. I think cycling is a fantastic thing to do.

"Often cycling in rural areas with quite fast A and B roads can be scarier... so we need to think... how we get motorists to understand that there will be cyclists on the road and that they're not all lycra louts."

Boris Johnson in Herefordshire

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The Prime Minister's visited Hereford County Hospital today to announce an extra £300m to prepare A&E departments for a second Coronavirus spike this winter.

Hereford will get a £2m share of the pot.

Boris Johnson on a building site
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While at the hospital, Boris Johnson praised the "fantastic progress" being made on a new 72-bed geriatrics unit at the hospital, which replaces wards from the 1940s.

The new unit, at Wye Valley NHS Trust, was one of 20 hospital upgrades given the go-ahead last July.

Asked whether it had taken a pandemic to unlock extra funding for A&Es, the Prime Minister said the money was "part of a big programme of getting ready for a second wave... if we get one this autumn or this winter".

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