HEREFORDSHIRE Council has paused the ongoing refurbishment of Hereford’s Commercial Street for the festive season.

The council and its partners Balfour Beatty Living Places have been working on the street over the last six months and say the project is on track to be completed in spring 2019.

The works will be put on hold over December to ensure there is no disruption to seasonal shoppers, and to allow local residents, businesses and visitors to celebrate Christmas.

The council says workers will return in the New Year to deliver a new vibrant shopping area for residents and visitors.

Transport and regulatory cabinet member Barry Durkin said: “The refurbishment of Commercial Street has been progressing well and is on course to be completed in May 2019.

“This planned pause in the works will enable Christmas shoppers to be able to move about safely whilst enjoying their festive shopping.

“The refurbishment will tie in with an upgrade to the whole High Town area, and enhance the city as an attractive and easily accessible destination for visitors and shoppers.

“On behalf of Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places we would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

If you have any questions about the project or would like further information contact Balfour Beatty on 01432 261800, or follow them @HfdsStreets.