Private Roads: Lighting

Department for Transport written question – answered on 11th January 2022.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of unadopted roads on developments built in the last ten years do not have street lighting.

Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to review legislation on new housing developments and the adoption of new roads by local authorities.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport does not keep a list, nor is routinely informed, of how many roads are built on housing developments.

The legislation covering the process for local highway authority adoption of private roads into the public road network is set out in the Highways Act 1980. The Department has no plans to review this legislation since it continues to ensure that any new roads that are adopted and then maintained at public expense are built to the required standard.

The Department does provide advice to developers and highway authorities on the road adoption process. The 2017 Advice Note can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/adoption-of-roads-by-highway-authorities. An update of this advice note is planned to be published shortly.

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