Department for Transport written question – answered at on 18 July 2016.

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Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup Conservative, Erewash

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the maintenance and safety of unadopted roads.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The maintenance and safety of unadopted roads or private streets are the responsibility of the land owner. The decision on whether or not local authorities adopt roads, and therefore maintain them at the public expense, rests with each individual local highway authority.

To help improve the process around road adoption for new developments, my department has been working with housebuilders and local authorities on the production of an Advice Note. This was published for consultation in January 2016 and the final version should be published later this year.

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