A MAJOR update has been issued on the landslide-hit A40 in Herefordshire after it was closed at the end of last week.

The A40 in Herefordshire has been closed eastbound between the A466 (Monmouth) and A49 (Wilton) due to a landslide that encroached onto the eastbound carriageway and affected the westbound carriageway during Friday morning (February 9).

The westbound carriageway was also briefly closed, but re-opened on Saturday evening.

More rubble falls

The eastbound closure was initially expected to be lifted no earlier than Tuesday (February 13), but National Highways has now confirmed that it is expected to remain ongoing for at least the rest of this week due to further movement, rubble, and rocks falling onto the carriageway.

Further essential land surveys will be undertaken in the vicinity to ensure the road is safe to re-open again.


A40 diversion route

Road users are advised to follow the solid circle diversion symbol on road signs: At the junction of the A40/A466 take the exit to the A466 Monmouth.

Continue northwest along the A466 to its junction with the A49 at Kings Thorn.

Take the A49 south to Wilton Roundabout, Ross-on-Wye, and re-join the A40.

This diversion is not suitable for heavy goods vehicles or high-sided vehicles due to a low bridge with a 15'6" restriction in Monmouth.