COUNTY infrastructure chief John Harrington has decided Herefordshire Council will continue some of the work on the proposed Hereford bypass and southern link road while reviewing both projects.

Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors called in his previous decision to pause work on the projects and authorise officers to scope a review for both road schemes to the tune of £120,000.

This work would then inform a further decision later this year.

However, the general scrutiny committee called on Harrington to consider not halting work on the major road schemes while reviewing them.

Coun Harrington said he listened to the committee's recommendations and will continue with some of the work.

“As people are aware, there are many complex issues that must be considered as part of this review, and it is very important that we give them the time they deserve," he said.

"I will respect the recommendations of the scrutiny committee and follow these as closely as possible while keeping an open mind to all options.”

The decision now includes continuing project work already scheduled for the southern link road, and the completion of a number of assessments and reports already underway for the Hereford bypass.

There will also be a consultation with parish councils, businesses and the public.

Work towards walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure improvements will continue subject to funding being available.

The review's scope is now being considered, and a decision will be taken by the end of the year.