Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund

In August 2017, Herefordshire Council secured £5 million from the Department for Transport's local highways maintenance challenge fund (view our challenge fund bid documents). This will enable the council to support economic growth in the region by investing in transport routes leading to Herefordshire's Skylon Park Enterprise Zone - a world-class business hub hosting in excess of 200 companies.

The road maintenance works will include a specific focus on the Midlands Connect strategic economic corridors. These comprise of the A4103 Hereford to Worcester road, the A465 Hereford to Abergavenny road and the A438 Hereford to Brecon road.

The £5 million of government funding will be supplemented by £3 million from Herefordshire Council's own capital programme. The scheme is set to improve the condition of the above A roads through a combination of resurfacing, surface dressing and carriageway rejuvenation which will be carried out by our contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places.

This funding follows an additional investment of £20 million into local roads by Herefordshire Council between 2014 - 2016.

Resurfacing works

Phase 1 of the resurfacing works is complete and projects in phase 2 were completed in August 2018 on the A438, A4103 and A465. Further Challenge Fund works along different stretches of the A438 and A4013 will take place next year.