THE speed limit on a major Herefordshire road where a husband and wife were killed while walking their dog is set to be cut.

Paul Morris, 70, and his wife Alison, 57, died when they were hit by a motorbike as they crossed the A44 at Kington in September 2021. Their pet dog was also killed.

At inquests in May, Mark Bricknell, senior coroner for Herefordshire, recorded conclusions of road traffic collisions after the crash in Floodgates, west of Kington on the major road leading to Rhayader and Aberystwyth from Leominster, Worcester and Oxford.


After hearing the evidence, however, he issued a Prevention of Future Deaths report to Herefordshire Council and its contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places.

In it, he expressed concern about visibility due to the amount of foliage, the position of safety barriers for pedestrians and motorists, the position or nature of the crossing, the speed of traffic and the level of signage.

At the spot where the Morrises were killed, a footpath crosses the A44 and is well-used, giving easy access to the Offa's Dyke long-distance trail.

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There are no plans to move the line of the footpath or prove a footbridge but Mr Walker said: "The council is soon to consult on the lowering of the speed limit to 50mph, the lowest speed limit which is considered appropriate for this class of road and its nature i.e. a road with minimal access points and good overall visibility."

The consultation on lowering the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph is now open.


It says the council wants to lower the speed limit between the roundabout at Victoria Road and Westbourne, a property past Montford Road.

The speed limit for Montford Road would be 30mph from the existing town centre limit and change to 50mph just before the A44 junction at Floodgates.

Objections to the proposal must be sent in writing to the Traffic Management Team and ADL Traffic and Highways Engineering in Bristol by midday on November 18.