DRIVERS have been criticised for using a major road between Herefordshire and Mid Wales "as a race track".

The A44, which runs between Oxford and Aberystwyth through places such as Bromyard, Leominster, Kington and Rhayader, is a busy route and can be popular with bikers.

But New Radnor Community Council, which represents small Welsh villages on the border near Kington, said it has continued to put pressure on Dyfed Powys Police and other authorities to tackle the issue of excessive speeding along the A44.

The council said speeding was an issue particularly the stretch by New Radnor village to the "Forest bends".


Reflecting on the council's work over the past 12 months, its annual report said: "Councillors continue to remind the authorities of the very real problems faced by car drivers, walkers, cyclists and horse riders locally when so many vehicles use the road as a race track.

"The council started this campaign in 2021 but has had little success so far.

"Currently a request has been submitted for the traffic monitoring strips in order to obtain evidence to back our campaign."


Council members have met with the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llewellyn, representatives of roads policing and a local police community support officer and Powys County Council, the report said.

But despite enforcement being carried out, councillors were said to feel it was having a limited effect and could not be carried out often enough to have any long-lasting effect.

The council said the request for average speed cameras, starting after the Walton speed limit and ending in the area of Penybont, was met with resistance and it was told that as these cameras need to feedback data via a wired internet connection the cost would be prohibitive.

Anyone who witnesses speeding is asked to log it with the community council.