THE first part of resurfacing works on three major roads in Herefordshire has been completed - but work is expected to continue until the end of March next year.

The Challenge Fund resurfacing programme on the A4103, A438 and A465 started on September 18 and a council spokesman said the work is now onto its second stage.

The spokesman said: “Balfour Beatty Living Places is pleased to have completed the first tranche of A4103, A438 and A465 works as scheduled on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

"The Challenge Fund resurfacing programme is set to be complete by the end of March 2018.

"The works will continue to be undertaken in stages on the A4103, A438 and A465 to minimise disruption as much as possible. Up-to-date information on the programme can be found on the Herefordshire Council website, and by following our Twitter and Facebook pages.”

The exact programme for October is yet to be announced but this week the work has been taking place on Whitecross Road in the Sainsbury's area, the A4103 Five Bridges and A4103 Stifford's Bridge to Stony Cross.

The council will be scheduling daily updates on its social media site.

Temporary traffic lights were put up last week in Edgar Street due to a gas leak.

Engineers from Cadent attended and repaired the problem and the lights were taken down on Monday.

A spokesman added: "There is some reinstatement left to do in the pavement but this won’t affect traffic flows. We are sorry for any disruption caused to travellers in Hereford but for safety reasons it was important that we repaired the leak. We’d like to thank people for bearing with us."