Two-week road maintenance works begin as planned

Herefordshire Council, in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Places, successfully secured £5 million from the Department for Transport's 'Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund' in August 2017 to resurface the A4103, A465 and A438.

Following the successful completion of Phase One, the second phase of Challenge Fund works commenced today.

Once completed, these works will help bring benefits of over £146 million to Herefordshire’s economy by restoring 38.9 miles of key routes to good condition.

Week commencing 6 August 2018

  • Night works on the A4103 (from the bottom of Aylestone Hill roundabout to the A465 Bromyard junction) as a result there will be no access to the Bromyard Road or Aylestone Hill
  • Between the junctions on the A4103 from Lumber Lane to Withies Road turning into Withington, both junctions will be inaccessible. Alternative access to Withington should be used at Southbank
  • The A438 near Portway Inn to just before the junction with the B4230 will be closed
  • The A438 from the B4230 junction to Byford with no access to the B4230

Week commencing 13 August 2018

  • The A4103 between the Withies Road junction and the junction to Whitestone Business Park with both junctions being inaccessible
  • Continuation of the A438 section from the B4230 junction to Byford with no access to the B4230
  • Night works on the A438 from Oakchurch to Portway Inn

Cllr Barry Durkin, cabinet member transport and regulatory services, said: “We are delighted to announce that the second phase of Challenge Fund works is now in progress, as planned. The works will deliver extensive benefits to residents, visitors and businesses through improved road conditions, which are anticipated to bring £146m of economic benefit to the county.

“These works are part of an investment of more than £25m into the county’s roads and public spaces in 2018/19 which in turn will have a positive impact on the health, wealth and wellbeing of all who live, work and travel in Herefordshire.

“Herefordshire Council, with our partners, Balfour Beatty Living Places, would like to thank the public for their understanding of this unprecedented programme of resurfacing work that will deliver a real improvement in the condition of these key routes across Herefordshire.”

Works have been planned following feedback from local residents and businesses to minimise disruption where possible. All businesses and premises can be accessed, but you may have to take an alternative route. Diversion routes are clearly signposted and for further information on planning your journey, please visit

Published: Monday, 6th August 2018