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Frequently asked questions about road maintenance

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about road maintenance.

How often do road sweepers visit road and footways?
We have a small number of road sweepers (large and compact mechanical brush vehicles - MBVs) which sweep adopted highways including footways. The MBVs generally focus on sweeping high priority areas such as the city centre and other shopping areas for example. These areas are swept on a daily basis. They also concentrate on those highways which have a high volume of traffic where accumulations of waste and loose debris could present a hazard and an increased risks to road users.

MBVs also sweep other highways and outlying areas on a programmed work schedule but the frequency of the visits is subject to change depending on other priorities. MBVs are often required to respond to road traffic accidents and other hazards on the adopted highway. Specific requests for the MBV to sweep a particular road/area will be assessed on their individual merits and actioned as appropriate whilst taking account of the programmed work schedule.

During the autumn and winter period the MBVs also focus on clearing areas of high leaf fall to minimise surface flooding, for example, and potential hazards presented by wet, slippery leaves so far as is reasonably practicable.       

How much money have you spent on road maintenance?

 19/2018/1917/1816/1715/1614/1513/14
Environment maintenance£192,179**£165,540£162,800£156,900£153,400£146,500£146,500
Routine maintenance£1,870,301**£2,261,290£2,223,800£2,084,300£1,827,400£1,612,300£1,872,300
Capital carriageway resurfacing budget*£2,987,000£1,255,000£1,370,000£1,335,000£1,338,000£2,378,000£2,275,000
PATCH£664,000******
Capital footway resurfacing budget£821,000£650,000£650,000£650,000£718,000£760,000£544,000
Capital drainage£518,000£522,000£400,000£400,000£440,000£491,000£406,000
Winter maintenance£335,166**£328,500£328,500£346,000£249,200£242,400£242,400

* PATCH figures included in capital carriageway resurfacing budget
** 19/20 figures until February 2020

The total amount of works carried out on the highway is difficult to quantify as works are different and varied. Listed below is a summary.

Planned maintenance works

 19/2018/1917/1816/1715/1614/1513/14
PATCH repairs (m2)169211710426987NA *NA *853412016
Carriageway resurfacing (m2)6601912671340729332191074088494969281
Carriageway resurfacing (tonnes)749611590420735621195391748376
Footway resurfacing (m2)160151306623656********
Footway Resurfacing (tonnes)**************
Surface dressing (m2)9061559496139032158276000
Other treatments (m2)12357514157200000

* PATCH was directed to pothole repairs only during these years and as such m2 not recorded 
** Data not held at this time

How many miles of road, in total, are maintained by the council? 

Approximately 684 miles (1,100km).

How many miles of footway, in total, are maintained by the council? 

Approximately 932 miles (1,500km).

How many claims for compensation were lodged by drivers as a result of damage to their car on the road?

YearClaims receivedTotal payments made (£)
2019/2080478.77
2018/1982850.03
2017/18610
2016/17652,238
2015/1694584
2014/15964,142
2013/141852,423
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