THE speed limit on a major road running across Herefordshire could be cut as the council tries to stop fatal crashes.

Kington Town Council will decide on Monday whether to reduce the speed limit on the A44 Kington bypass between the Headbrook roundabout and Floodgates.

At November's meeting, councillors said they wanted the limit cut from 60mph to 40mph after the crash in September which left a husband and wife dead.

While there is no suggestion at present that speed was a factor in the crash between a motorbike and the couple walking with their dog, the council said "a history of fatalities on that stretch of road" was one of the reasons why the limit should be cut.

As well as that, they said the location of footpaths and public rights of way crossing the road means that walkers do end up on the road.

Minutes of the November 1 meeting said councillors agreed they would push Herefordshire Council to cut the limit.

"This was considered a particularly hazardous location given that several public rights of way cross this road with no signage alerting motorists that pedestrians might be crossing the carriageway," minutes said.

"It was agreed that a letter, copied to Herefordshire Council's chief executive and the local Member of Parliament would be sent to support this request."

Between 1999 and 2020, seven serious crashes were reported along the stretch of the road, shows.

Another nine classed as "slight" severity were recorded on the map.