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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to ensure road maintenance meets high quality standards. (209945)

The maintenance of local roads is the responsibility of local highway authorities. The Department for Transport endorses “Well-maintained Highways”, the code of practice for highway maintenance produced by the UK Roads Board. This, together with its companion codes, “Well-lit Highways” and “Management of Highway Structures” provide best practice guidance—all to be found at:

The Highways Agency manages the trunk road network in England. Maintenance assessment and design standards are stipulated in the Design Manual for Road and Bridges and their implementation is guided by the Network Management Manual, the Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works and a number of best practice advice notes. In addition, the Agency has comprehensive technical appraisal and prioritisation processes to help develop a consistent and robust road maintenance programme. The Agency works in partnership with road users, local communities, its managing agents and suppliers to develop its programme. The performance of their managing agents and their suppliers is monitored and reviewed regularly.