A ONE-way system will be made permanent after it was introduced as a trial in a Herefordshire border town.

The one-way system in Presteigne's Hereford Street was introduced in September 2021 to help ease congestion and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access local amenities.

A Powys County Council spokesperson said that all comments from the community were considered and it was clear the one-way system had been an overwhelming success and should be adopted permanently.


Some minor amendments will be made to improve road safety and discourage drivers from inadvertently going the wrong way.

These changes will include creating a small build-out into the road at the police station end of the one-way system, and repositioning one of the signs, the spokesperson said.

While these modifications are made, there may be a little disruption to traffic travelling along Hereford Street for a number of days, but this will be kept to a minimum.

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Works will then proceed on widening the end of the High Street to improve accessability.

The work to raise the cobbled section of the end of the street, near the library, and incorporate it into the pavement permanently is expected to take no longer than two weeks to complete. The pavement will be closed during the works but access to shops will be maintained.

Councillor Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys, said the active travel scheme was designed to encourage people to walk or cycle, and that councillors hope safe paths will encourage more people to leave their cars at home for short journeys.