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HEREFORD BUSINESSES HAVE YOUR SAY ON FUTURE ROADWORKS

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Date: 17/01/2018

Do you use the A4103, A465 or A438 in Herefordshire? Have your say on upcoming roadworks and the impact it could have on your business.

Investment in infrastructure is critical to the success of businesses and recently The Challenge Fund was awarded to Herefordshire Council to improve the condition of their roads. It was decided that the funding would go to the strategic routes to and from Herefordshire’s Enterprise Zone (A4103, A465 and A438).

Bringing these roads to a good condition will have a considerable benefit for businesses, residents and those travelling through the country with an excess of £146 million to Herefordshire’s economy. Some may have noticed the investment when phase 1 was being undergone between September to December last year with 24 miles being resurfaced.

Now that phase 1 has been completed, phase 2 is set to begin in May 2018 and they want businesses to give their views on the method of timing for the proposed works. Liaison events for this matter are being held on the 31st Jan at 2pm and 2nd Feb at 10am for businesses to discuss the pros and cons of each option.

There are several options in how they undertake the works:

  1.  Undertaking works in as short as period as possible (for example of up to 4 weeks) of total closure
 
  1.  Spreading out the works over a longer period of a number of shorter closures, where the road will be open for some of the time.
 
  1.  Completing the works using materials that do not require substantial road closures, but will be less durable, tripling the whole life cost of maintaining these roads.
 
  1. Ceasing works on this project. This would require us to hand back the £5 million we have received from Government, the works done to date would have to be paid for from existing highway maintenance budgets and we would still have to undertake works to maintain these roads, those works would also have to be funded from existing council budgets.
 
 The feedback from businesses will help decide which option to take in order to try and minimise the disruption to businesses and road users.

For any further information or to give written feedback please contact Linzy Outtrim on: Linzy.Outtrim@balfourbeatty.com