Wrong materials mean overhaul of work on junction of King Street and Bridge Street, Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: Changes were made earlier this year to the spot where King Street and Bridge Street meet in an attempt to prevent further accidents at the black spot. Changes were made earlier this year to the spot where King Street and Bridge Street meet in an attempt to prevent further accidents at the black spot.

WORKMEN will return to a notorious Hereford junction to have another go at finishing the job.

Changes were made earlier this year to the spot where King Street and Bridge Street meet in an attempt to prevent further accidents at the black spot.

Businesses, many of whom have treated injured cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, welcomed the works which cost around £100,000.

But, just weeks after the new junction was completed, Herefordshire Council has announced that there was a “tarmacking error”.

The local authority confirmed to the Hereford Times that the contractor tasked with the work laid the wrong type of material, which will have to be scraped off before the correct material is applied.

In a statement, the council said: “The contractor laid an inappropriate type of anti-skid material and as a result they are rectifying the error.

“This is only related to the ‘buff ’ coloured surface treatment. The other materials used are as specified.

“As with many road surface products, there are variations and it is important for the scheme for the right materials to be used.

“The intention is to use a cold applied type of material which gives a finish that rides better than the surface treatment currently installed, lasts longer and looks better.”

Along with other firms, estate agent Andrew Morris has held a number of talks with the council about the junction, dubbed “crash alley” due to the frequency of accidents.

He said the new work will mean even “more disruption to businesses and the public”.

Mr Morris added: “How much money this work has already cost must be considerable.

“Especially when there are numerous pot holes all over the city and county needing remedial work and grass cutting that has been so reduced that most areas of the city look very uncared for.

“Many local businesses have long since been calling for a simple “stop sign” to be erected at the junction to slow traffic.

“Surely this option could have been trialled before this very expensive, and now it seems incorrect work, had been carried out.

“It would have saved the council a considerable amount of money that could have been put to good use elsewhere.”

Rachel Davies, who is a spokeswoman for Balfour Beatty, the council’s highways contractors, said: “Our contractor laid an incorrect specification of anti-skid material – that’s the part of the road surface that is buff coloured.

“All the other materials used were correct and according to specifications.

“Our contractors have agreed to redo the anti-skid area at their own expense.”

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2:40pm Thu 15 May 14

Herefordian says...

The junction is no better than the previous one, whoever designed that?

Wouldn't the time and now wasted tarmac been better used on the Chave Court Close/Grandsatnd Road Junction

I see a white surround has been put around just one pothole, someone put one around a deep pothole a few weeks ago but that has worn off

Who is being paid to drive around with a can of paint to do this, give them a vehicle, some tarmac and a compacter and stop wasting time and money
The junction is no better than the previous one, whoever designed that? Wouldn't the time and now wasted tarmac been better used on the Chave Court Close/Grandsatnd Road Junction I see a white surround has been put around just one pothole, someone put one around a deep pothole a few weeks ago but that has worn off Who is being paid to drive around with a can of paint to do this, give them a vehicle, some tarmac and a compacter and stop wasting time and money Herefordian
  • Score: 13

3:11pm Thu 15 May 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Honestly, you couldn't make it up could you? The junction is no better than previously, visually it’s a mess, it doesn't reflect or respect the street scene and its still just as dangerous for cyclists - I know as a cyclist the junction with Aubrey St is a death waiting to happen. Common sense says restore the original street plan - a T junction at the top of Bridge Street, but don't let that get in the way of wasting a pot of money before the end of the tax year.
Honestly, you couldn't make it up could you? The junction is no better than previously, visually it’s a mess, it doesn't reflect or respect the street scene and its still just as dangerous for cyclists - I know as a cyclist the junction with Aubrey St is a death waiting to happen. Common sense says restore the original street plan - a T junction at the top of Bridge Street, but don't let that get in the way of wasting a pot of money before the end of the tax year. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 16

5:31pm Thu 15 May 14

William Rudd says...

£100,000, someone is laughing all the way to the bank.
£100,000, someone is laughing all the way to the bank. William Rudd
  • Score: 8

6:26pm Thu 15 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of what this £100,000 was actually spent on.
It would be interesting to see a breakdown of what this £100,000 was actually spent on. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 11

7:23pm Thu 15 May 14

Hereford person says...

Some years ago before the various expensive alterations there was nothing wrong with this junction then council officers have taken turns to spend as much money on this junction as possible.
With all the cuts this Tory Council have announced the money spent here could have paid for important items like a hundred pot holes.
Some years ago before the various expensive alterations there was nothing wrong with this junction then council officers have taken turns to spend as much money on this junction as possible. With all the cuts this Tory Council have announced the money spent here could have paid for important items like a hundred pot holes. Hereford person
  • Score: 9

8:02pm Thu 15 May 14

Ubique1 says...

£100000 , unbelievable- further than that I am lost for words. Except to say , is that the best use of the apparent limited budget our Council have to spend.
£100000 , unbelievable- further than that I am lost for words. Except to say , is that the best use of the apparent limited budget our Council have to spend. Ubique1
  • Score: 8

8:57pm Thu 15 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

not the 1st time this has happened holme lacy road was resurfaced 2 years ago within 3 weeks the road was breaking up council and Amey said the contractors would re lay it hereford council paid the bill Amey walked away and the road is still full of holes don t get your hopes up
not the 1st time this has happened holme lacy road was resurfaced 2 years ago within 3 weeks the road was breaking up council and Amey said the contractors would re lay it hereford council paid the bill Amey walked away and the road is still full of holes don t get your hopes up jarvis 2
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Thu 15 May 14

Gillian1961 says...

I was talking to the one of the staff that man the doors at the job center and we both agreed why don't they put a mini roundabout there
I was talking to the one of the staff that man the doors at the job center and we both agreed why don't they put a mini roundabout there Gillian1961
  • Score: 2

6:56am Fri 16 May 14

Hereford Voice says...

We disgust this junction recently and many feel it is worse now than before the work began. Road is far too narrow where it bottlenecks.
We disgust this junction recently and many feel it is worse now than before the work began. Road is far too narrow where it bottlenecks. Hereford Voice
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Fri 16 May 14

William Rudd says...

Went and had a look at the yellow tarmac earlier while in town and I cannot see what's wrong with it.
Went and had a look at the yellow tarmac earlier while in town and I cannot see what's wrong with it. William Rudd
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Fri 16 May 14

Gillian1961 says...

Went down king street to day to the job centre again and there was one of those ex amey workers doing the flower beds he told me that they had put to much anti-skid down
Went down king street to day to the job centre again and there was one of those ex amey workers doing the flower beds he told me that they had put to much anti-skid down Gillian1961
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Fri 16 May 14

Red5isAlive says...

An outrageous cost to deliver a junction that is no better, I have two questions:

1. Why is there no give way signs on the back of the no entry signs? People entering the junction from King Street who overlook the small give-way lines would then some chance of realising they don't have right of way.

2. What's with the poorly tamped-in tarmac the workers were stuffing in to the side of the road outside Andy's Kitchen today. Looks terrible.

Mini roundabout would have been better. Or send the traffic the other way up king street and broad street ;-)
An outrageous cost to deliver a junction that is no better, I have two questions: 1. Why is there no give way signs on the back of the no entry signs? People entering the junction from King Street who overlook the small give-way lines would then some chance of realising they don't have right of way. 2. What's with the poorly tamped-in tarmac the workers were stuffing in to the side of the road outside Andy's Kitchen today. Looks terrible. Mini roundabout would have been better. Or send the traffic the other way up king street and broad street ;-) Red5isAlive
  • Score: 2

10:20pm Sat 17 May 14

William Rudd says...

They even re-used some old brick pavers as there are now three different colours in the paving on the left of junction
They even re-used some old brick pavers as there are now three different colours in the paving on the left of junction William Rudd
  • Score: 2

8:16pm Tue 20 May 14

Red5isAlive says...

So they have scraped the yellow stuff off. Looks like its damaged the underlying tarmac to me. Potholes as soon as the first freeze-that cycle hits it.
So they have scraped the yellow stuff off. Looks like its damaged the underlying tarmac to me. Potholes as soon as the first freeze-that cycle hits it. Red5isAlive
  • Score: 0

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