A LOCAL councillor has said repairs to a major road in Herefordshire shouldn't take a year.

Coun Nigel Shaw, the Conservative councillor for the Bromyard Bringsty ward, said he had been chasing Herefordshire Council contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places about the collapsing A44 Worcester road.

He said there is damage on the bends at Bringsty, west of the town, saying the road is "dangerously subsided with a two to three-inch drop in the surface".


But temporary traffic lights have already been in situ since February 9, with emergency works yet to begin.

Coun Shaw said work won't start until at least the week commencing February 13, bt it should be sooner than 12 months' time.

"They (Balfour Beautty Living Places) report that it will now be at least a further two weeks before repairs to the carriageway can be carried out," he said.


"They also advise that during that time the road will be closed 9.30am until 3.30pm with diversions signposted.

"Those that travel the A449 will recall a similar lane closure because of subsidence outside Much Marcle that lasted over a year!

"I'm reassured that this incident won't take so long, but will keep asking for the commencement date."