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Private Roads

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 12 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government’s policy is on unadopted roads. (234995)

Under the Highways Act 1980, local highway authorities may adopt roads that they are not currently responsible for maintaining; this is a matter for local decision. Adoption of highways brings with it liability for future maintenance including the provision of surface water drainage or street lighting, as well as claims arising from the condition of the street.

The owners of properties on an unadopted road are responsible for its maintenance and the cost of bringing it up to standards suitable for adoption.