Highway safety inspections

Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you would provide the following information in relation to the B3343, in particular the section between Mullacott Cross roundabout and Turnpike Cross.:-

Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the two years preceding 14th March 2018

Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the two years preceding 14th March 2018

Please find attached a record of all safety inspections undertaken in the two years preceding 14th March 2018, which include the defects identified and the work which was carried out to rectify these defects.  This record can be seen via the link below:


Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the inspection vehicle and the number of persons in the vehicle.

Carriageway safety inspections are driven, with two inspectors in the vehicle so that one inspector can focus on the highway, and the vehicle is driven at a low speed to facilitate the inspections.

The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections.


Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the two years preceding 14th March 2018.

Please see the attachment, beginning at page 14, the records of complaint and enquiries received in the two years preceding 14th March 2018

The hierarchy classification.

The road/section number.

The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes.

The time period(s) adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway defects.

Has the council formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice for highways maintenance management.

With respect to these further questions, Devon County Council can confirm that the standards adopted have been included in the Highway Safety Manual which is available to view online at:


This includes the defect intervention criteria and the time periods adopted between identification and repair.

With respect to this highway, we can confirm that, with reference to the Highway Safety Manual, this highway is classified on the following basis:

Hierarchy Classification: Category 5 Secondary Primary Route
Road Section Number: B