The condition of roads in the county will be improved thanks to £38.388m investment in Herefordshire’s highway network in 2024/2025.

Herefordshire Council has confirmed that it will be investing a total of £38.388m in improving the highway network in 2024/25, which is an increase of nearly £12m when compared with the previous year.

This increased funding will allow the council to target investment at those roads in the county that need it most, through resurfacing and surface dressing schemes.

To identify which roads will be included, the council uses data gathered from surveys, statutory inspections and reports of defects from members of the public.

This data is then used to determine the condition of the road and what intervention would be optimal to prevent further deterioration and achieve best value for money.

In previous years the council has allocated the funding it receives for roads exclusively to our Public Realm Contractor (Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP)) however this year will also see the introduction of our new Herefordshire Highways Framework, which allows the Council to use alternative contractors where appropriate to deliver additional work.

BBLP will still remain responsible for the delivery of public realm services and road maintenance work as agreed in the Annual Plan.

Councillor Barry Durkin, cabinet member roads and regulatory services said:

“The condition of our roads is a huge priority for us. We promised more spending on roads and this is making good on that promise. We acknowledge that it is one of the issues that residents are most concerned about and that is why we are determined to improve the situation.”