We are responsible for over 12,800 kilometres (8,000 miles) of road from major routes to narrow country lanes, the longest network in England.
We have £67.71 million funding for highway maintenance in 2016/17. We will spend over £40 million on planned repairs to highways; the rest is spent on repairing safety defects, salting roads in winter, street lighting, repairing drains, cutting grass and other operations. Our priority is to keep busier roads in a serviceable condition with the limited resources we have available.
We commission repairs to make roads passable with due care and provide reasonable access, but we don’t currently have the funds for more extensive works to our highway network.
Find out more about our spending on highways maintenance.
- Motorways and trunk roads are maintained by Highways England
- Torbay roads are maintained by Torbay Council
- Plymouth roads are maintained by Plymouth Council
We will only carry out a repair on a pothole which is over 40mm deep and greater than 300mm in any horizontal direction.
If the pothole meets these criteria it is classed as a safety defect and we will do a temporary or permanent repair. The type of repair depends on the category of the road.
If you report a pothole and we don’t repair it straight away this could be because:
- the pothole was inspected and is not deemed to be a safety defect
- there is a problem with the surface of the road which needs to be investigated as a repair will not solve the underlying problem
- traffic management is needed to carry out repairs safely.
In April 2016 the Department for Transport announced a £250 million Pothole Action Fund to improve local roads and deliver better journeys. For details of the fund, and a list of roads that will be repaired, using the fund, please see our pothole action fund 2016/17 page.
Progress on Works Programme
You can check for planned highway maintenance work on our interactive map.
These planned works may be delayed if gangs are needed to respond to damage from major events on the highway, such as snow or severe flooding.
- maintain road surfaces
- deal with flooding and blocked drains
- manage overgrown vegetation, trees and obstructions
- deal with broken manhole covers and trip hazards
- maintain fences and barriers
- maintain streetlights.