From Mairead Lane, Head of Infrastructure Delivery
The Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport is currently reviewing the Annual Plan for 2021/22, which sets out the Highways & Public Realm priorities for the coming year.
Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places work closely with Town and Parish Councils and other stakeholders to identify and prioritise future road and public space improvements across the county. All A, B and major C roads in the county are inspected monthly to ensure safety and information from these and other inspections informs the development of the Annual Plan.
The priorities for the coming year have been developed to align with the council’s County Plan, and will focus on drainage following a difficult period which has seen the county affected by several flooding events. There will also be work on structures, including significant bridge works. General maintenance activities will continue, but this focus is possible because of the additional investment that has been made into carriageway surfacing over the past year and the overall condition of the road network.
Given the context of reduced capital funding from Government and financial pressures facing all council services, we are confident that the Annual Plan sets out the best possible programme of maintenance and improvement across Herefordshire’s 2000+ miles of highway.