Works paused while Hereford prepares to welcome 2,000 visitors a day for cathedral events
Herefordshire Council has paused the £8m ‘Challenge Fund’ road programme, made possible by funding from the Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT has relaxed their original challenge fund requirement for completion of the roads maintenance to be paid within this financial year. The DfT decision allows time for Herefordshire Council to review all completed Challenge Fund works so far and to discuss future works with the local communities and businesses.
This has also given Herefordshire Council the opportunity to reschedule further works so they do not clash with significant events taking place at in Hereford in the coming months. This pause will allow for increased visitor numbers to come to the county for forthcoming events during the Easter period.
Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Road, Transport and Regulatory Services, said:
“We have learned from the challenges faced during the first phase of works which were carried out with urgency due to the Department for Transport’s original time constraints. Herefordshire Council will use this opportunity to further review all completed Challenge Fund works and to discuss future planned works with the local communities and businesses.
“We have already made major improvements to the road quality of the A4103, A438 and A465 which residents and visitors will benefit from as they travel around Herefordshire.
“Thousands of visitors will be welcomed to Hereford over the next few months from across and outside the county. We expect to welcome around 2,000 visitors a day to visit the cathedral to see the Poppies: Weeping Window installation and then visit the wider county during March and April. This will bring a significant boost to the economy of Herefordshire as visitors find places to shop, eat and stay.”
Herefordshire Council’s public realm contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places will contact and liaise with residents and businesses affected by upcoming works. The revised Challenge Fund programme is expected to resume in May 2018.
Keep up-to-date with all live traffic flow and road work information at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/roads
Published: Monday, 15th January 2018