Bloodstained cyclist Richard Gummery needed an emergency operation at Hereford County Hospital following accident near the Callow

Hereford Times: Richard Gummery, who broke his elbow after crashing into a pothole on his bike. (4836157)Picture by James Maggs Richard Gummery, who broke his elbow after crashing into a pothole on his bike. (4836157)Picture by James Maggs

MILLIONS of pounds have been pledged to help improve Herefordshire's roads - but that money did not come soon enough for one bloodstained cyclist.

Richard Gummery needed an emergency operation at Hereford County Hospital following the accident near Callow last week.

He was left with broken bones and a bloody face after hitting a pothole - and has now warned other cyclists to be on their guard, especially when riding in the dark.

“It happened at 5.15am last Wednesday – I had my lights on, but I didn’t see the pothole,” said Richard.

“I cycle every day to work and normally I go straight down the Callow and stick to the A and B roads.

“But I decided to go down Knocker Hill Lane, near Callow Marsh garages.

“I hit the pothole and landed on my elbow, which ended up broken. I also had lots of grazes on the side of my face.

“You often have people, like me, who work early hours, and when you cannot see the potholes, especially in the countryside, it becomes particularly difficult.

“The main roads are ok, but the side roads are appalling.

“Tidying up the roads must be one of Herefordshire Council’s top priorities.”

Another road user to have fallen victim to the poor surfaces is Stephen Probert.

He is still bearing the effects of hitting a pothole nearly a year ago.

The 40-year-old, who is a security guard at allpay, was a passenger in a BMW that hit the defect in Allensmore, causing the car to end up in a hedge.

The vehicle was written off and Stephen sustained back injuries for which he is still having physio today.

“The council has been really good to be fair and has accepted liability,” said Stephen.

“I am still on medication and have had injections to my spine.

“But I now avoid potholes like the plague.”

His 12-year-old daughter Rose is even highlighting the story as part of an ongoing pothole project at Hereford Academy.

The children's studies may now look at the recent budget - which did provide some good news for motorists and cyclists.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed this week that Herefordshire Council will receive £3,538,803 from the Government for road repairs following the wet winter.

The news was welcomed by North Herefordshire MP Mr Wiggin.

He said: “We desperately need to act to fix the potholes on our roads to make the county safe again for cyclists and motorists.

“I am particularly pleased that Herefordshire has received the most funding in the West Midlands.”

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11:18am Fri 28 Mar 14

drjazz says...

Thank God it wasn't his skull caved in.

The roads are disgraceful - even the main ones. Don't the Council or Highways Agency have a statutory duty to maintain them to some sort of benchmark standard or do they decide on what standard is acceptable?
Thank God it wasn't his skull caved in. The roads are disgraceful - even the main ones. Don't the Council or Highways Agency have a statutory duty to maintain them to some sort of benchmark standard or do they decide on what standard is acceptable? drjazz
  • Score: 11

11:40am Fri 28 Mar 14

xXcrazychickXx says...

poor bloke! even the main roads through town are a state,where do hereford council spend al the money? oh a new development, shame the roads to it aren't even worthy of being called roads these days, my car is damaged from the state of the roads, i pay council tax and road tax and pay to fix the damage done to the car then you have the cheek to raise the council tax, hereford council you can pat yourselves on the back for being completely useless!!! maybe you should use OUR money to celebrate in style...oh forgot you already do pffft
poor bloke! even the main roads through town are a state,where do hereford council spend al the money? oh a new development, shame the roads to it aren't even worthy of being called roads these days, my car is damaged from the state of the roads, i pay council tax and road tax and pay to fix the damage done to the car then you have the cheek to raise the council tax, hereford council you can pat yourselves on the back for being completely useless!!! maybe you should use OUR money to celebrate in style...oh forgot you already do pffft xXcrazychickXx
  • Score: 9

2:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Herefordian says...

And after almost 12 months of complaining to Herefordshire Council the road to Chave Court Close off Grandsand Road continues to get worse, but..........
almost a week ago a white mark has been place around just one of about 15 - 20 holes and even that has nearly worn off
And after almost 12 months of complaining to Herefordshire Council the road to Chave Court Close off Grandsand Road continues to get worse, but.......... almost a week ago a white mark has been place around just one of about 15 - 20 holes and even that has nearly worn off Herefordian
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

mizza21 says...

Surely it's cheaper to maintain the roads than to pay compensation to all the victims.
Where I live it looks like the road has been shelled.
Whenever I go anywhere in the Bentley my man has to weave about to avoid the potholes. It plays merry havoc with the drinks cabinet and means my wives keep sliding about on the shiny leather seats.
Surely it's cheaper to maintain the roads than to pay compensation to all the victims. Where I live it looks like the road has been shelled. Whenever I go anywhere in the Bentley my man has to weave about to avoid the potholes. It plays merry havoc with the drinks cabinet and means my wives keep sliding about on the shiny leather seats. mizza21
  • Score: -1

5:11pm Fri 28 Mar 14

avaniceday says...

Roads are classified by the letters A, B, C and U. In Herefordshire, that stands for Awful, Bloody awful, Crap, and unusable. However, lets look on the bright side, many Authorities spend millions of pounds each year on 'traffic calming' measures, 'speed bumps', chicanes etc, whereas here in Hereford, they simply rely on the crumbling road surface to do the job for them, thereby saving money to pay compensation to unfortunate road users like Mr Gummery. Let us hope he gets well soon.
Roads are classified by the letters A, B, C and U. In Herefordshire, that stands for Awful, Bloody awful, Crap, and unusable. However, lets look on the bright side, many Authorities spend millions of pounds each year on 'traffic calming' measures, 'speed bumps', chicanes etc, whereas here in Hereford, they simply rely on the crumbling road surface to do the job for them, thereby saving money to pay compensation to unfortunate road users like Mr Gummery. Let us hope he gets well soon. avaniceday
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint says...

It's amazing that we don't hear about more accidents like this one. The people in charge of the highways in Herefordshire should hang their heads in shame.
It's amazing that we don't hear about more accidents like this one. The people in charge of the highways in Herefordshire should hang their heads in shame. ItsNotaMarathonItsaSprint
  • Score: 7

6:12pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

Poor man, the roads in Herefordshire really are dreadful. I hope he makes a speedy recovery.
Poor man, the roads in Herefordshire really are dreadful. I hope he makes a speedy recovery. Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
  • Score: 3

8:22pm Sat 29 Mar 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Can no one in the Council see the disjoint between their 4 page advert in this weeks HT promoting cycling and walking and the state of our roads resulting in the sort of horrific injuries reported here? Sad to say someone will be killed before too long the way things are going.
Can no one in the Council see the disjoint between their 4 page advert in this weeks HT promoting cycling and walking and the state of our roads resulting in the sort of horrific injuries reported here? Sad to say someone will be killed before too long the way things are going. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 6

8:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Can we put a cost against Richard's injuries? Cost to the NHS? Cost to him and his employer for time off work. Cost to the Council for dealing with the paperwork? £10k or more I would imagine. Cost to fill a pot hole properly (not the usual lash up we've all seen)? £500 maybe? Can no one in the Council see the disjoint? If they can't, can we get someone in their place who can?
Can we put a cost against Richard's injuries? Cost to the NHS? Cost to him and his employer for time off work. Cost to the Council for dealing with the paperwork? £10k or more I would imagine. Cost to fill a pot hole properly (not the usual lash up we've all seen)? £500 maybe? Can no one in the Council see the disjoint? If they can't, can we get someone in their place who can? TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 7

7:44pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Herefordian says...

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7:45pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Herefordian says...

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