WORKS for a new zebra crossing in Herefordshire are set to start in next week after people spent years worrying for school children's safety.

For several years, people living in Lugwardine, outside Hereford on the A438 Ledbury Road, have wanted a new crossing near St Mary's RC High School.

Herefordshire Council's highways team started the work on August 1 over the summer holidays.

A temporary multi-way traffic lights was put in place on the A438.


Now the permanent crossing signals will be installed next week starting on Monday, October 31.

The work will take five days between 9.30am and 2.30pm each day.

But the work will only be for a zebra crossing near the entrance to the school and Traherne Close, and not a footpath down to the bus stop in the direction of Hereford.

Herefordshire Council documents from May 2021 said a private wall would reduce the footpath width and it needed to acquire land.

Then in March 2022, Bartestree with Lugwardine Group Parish Council minutes show there had to be a review into costs.


With £150,000 previously set aside from Section 106 money, those from housing developers who build in the area, high preliminary costs led to a review.

"The preliminary costs for the scheme have been submitted to the council, these were high and as such the council and BBLP (Balfour Beatty Living Places) have undertaken a task to review before committing to deliver," meeting minutes said.

"This work has now been completed and the costs returned are more realistic though due to current circumstances, fuel prices will continue to influence.

"The council is progressing and will provide and update on the programme as soon as this is confirmed."