Highways inspection policy

From: Transport
Last updated: 07 July 2017
Applies to: Highways in Buckinghamshire
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This Policy came into force on 01 April 2017.

In developing a highways inspection policy in line with national good practice, Buckinghamshire County Council has considered the recommendations set out in the Roads Liaison Group’s publication ‘Well-maintained Highways, Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance Management’, and set out how the provisions of the Code will be interpreted and implemented in Buckinghamshire.

In summary, Transport for Buckinghamshire undertakes:

  • Safety Inspections of the whole highway network
  • Service Inspections of specific highway features
  • Ad hoc inspections in response to queries, reports and complaints from the public or following a reported highway incident.

Safety Inspection Frequencies

Frequencies for safety inspections are based upon the Carriageway Maintenance Hierarchy adopted by the County Council, which in itself considers:

  • Road category
  • Traffic use, characteristics and trends
  • Characteristics of adjoining network elements
  • Wider policy or operational considerations.

The following details the safety inspection frequencies which are adopted.

Carriageway inspection

Frequency of safety inspection

Category

Monthly

Strategic Road, Main Distributor Road, Secondary Distributor Road

Quarterly

Local Link Road

Annually

Local Access Road

Footway inspections

Frequency of safety inspection

Category

Monthly

Primary Walking Route

Quarterly

Secondary Walking Route and Safer Routes to School

Annually

Linked Footway, Local Access Footway

Cycleway inspections

Frequency of safety inspection

Category

As per carriageway frequency

Cycle lane - contiguous with the carriageway

Bi-annually

Cycle Track, Shared Cycle/Footway – a route for cyclists not contiguous with the public footway or carriageway or a shared cycle/pedestrian path

Annually

Cycle trails - Leisure routes through open spaces which are the responsibility of the highway authority to maintain

Streetlights
We carry out night scouts for our streetlights quarterly, covering 14 patrol routes

Bridges & structures
We inspect all our bridges and structures once every two years

Categorisation
Any defects that are discovered are categorised under the following priorities:

Cat 2L

N/A

Consider repair within future programmes of planned maintenance works

Cat 2M

28 DAYS

No temporary repair necessary. Attend and permanently repair within 28 days

Cat 2H

5 DAY

Attend within 5 working days and make safe or permanently repair. If repair is temporary then raise additional Cat 2M defect for permanent repair within 28 days

Cat 1

2 DAY

Attend within 2 working days and make safe or permanently repair. If repair is temporary then raise additional Cat 2M defect for permanent repair within 28 days

Emergency

2 HOUR

Attend within 2 hours and subsequently make safe or permanently repair. If repair is temporary then raise additional Cat 2M defect for permanent repair within 28  days

The full Highway Safety Inspection Policy can be found here.

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