Bill Wiggin MP this week called on Herefordshire Council to act now to fix the county’s roads.

Bill Wiggin MP’s North Herefordshire constituency, like much of the rest of the country, is littered with potholes and roads in dire need of repair.

With another winter coming those potholes and cracks look set only to get worse as roads are subjected to the freezing and thawing cycles that winter ice brings.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “Our roads in North Herefordshire are vital to our everyday lives. As a rural county we rely on our roads more heavily than most, but yet another month has just passed with tragic stories in the news about further accidents, injuries and even a death on our roads.

“With winter soon arriving, bringing with it ice and snow, it is more important than ever to address any existing problems on our roads before the weather exacerbates them.

“This is why I am now calling on Herefordshire Council and its new contractor Balfour Beatty to act fast to tackle our roads and our potholes and help prepare Herefordshire for the winter weather.”

The week of 18 to 24 November is also designated as Road Safety Week by the national charity Brake.

Brake’s campaign aims to prevent appalling crashes caused by multi-tasking at the wheel; whether that is using mobile phones, adjusting sat navs, eating, drinking or smoking.

Mr Wiggin said: “I’m urging everyone in North Herefordshire to back this campaign, and pledge to tune into road safety and avoid distractions at the wheel, to help to prevent crashes and casualties in our community.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said: “We’re calling on all drivers to tune into road safety: turn off your phone or put it in the boot, and never try to multi-task at the wheel. We’re also appealing to everyone to refuse to chat to someone on the phone who’s driving, to help them arrive safely.”