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Unadopted Roads

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost to each local authority of adopting all the unadopted roads in its authority area. (89514)

There has been no recent estimate of the cost of bringing unadopted roads (roads not currently maintained at public expense), to the standard required that would allow them to be adopted by the local highway authority.

There are no estimates by individual authority. However, based on a 1972 survey (there are no more up-to-date statistics), it is thought that there are around 40,000 unadopted roads in the UK and that it would cost in the region of £3 billion at today's prices to make them up to an adoptable standard.