NETWORK rail has blamed the Environment Agency for keeping a Herefordshire road closed for several months.

The Stoke Edith road linking the A438 Ledbury road and A4103 Worcester road east of Hereford has been closed since at least November 18 due to safety reasons.

There had been bridge works set to take place from September 5 for three weeks with the road closed, but then the road has remained closed since at least the middle of the November.


It appears the bridge over the Hereford to Ledbury railway line has been damaged, with road closed signs at either end of the road ­– but before the bridge, concrete blocks have been put across the road.

Herefordshire Council's online roadworks map shows the current closure for the C1148 came into force at 1pm on November 18 and runs to January 27 at 11.59pm.


A Network Rail spokesperson said it was sorry to drivers disrupted during the closure, but the bridge of the railway and river Frome tributary needed to be shut for safety reasons.

It said repairs to the bridge foundations were needed after being damaged by water erosion.

To ensure work does not adversely impact on the waterway, Network Rail said it was waiting for the correct permits from the Environment Agency before the repairs can start.

Once it gets the go-ahead, work should take around three weeks.