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Maintaining roads

Adopting a road

An adopted road is one that we are liable to maintain. This usually involves minor and residential roads.

The Highways Act 1980 lays down the process for a highway authority to adopt a road and empowers us to accept the maintenance liability for un-adopted roads. These can be either newly-constructed development roads, or established roads which have not been adopted previously. It is usually the owner’s responsibility to bring the road up to standard before we adopt it.

A road may not be adopted because it doesn’t comply with our specification for the construction of roads for adoption, or because it doesn’t meet the design guide criteria for the layout of adopted roads.

If you live in a road that is not currently adopted, or you are a developer constructing a new road, and you wish to find out more about the possibility of its adoption phone 0345 155 1004.