Unadopted Roads

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 29 January 2024.

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Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Labour, Bradford South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require local authorities to adopt unadopted roads that are (a) in a state of disrepair and (b) subject to public right of way.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The position under the 1980 Highways Act has not changed under successive governments.

The Department has no plans to review those parts of the Highways Act 1980 which cover the process for local highway authority adoption of private roads into the public road network. The legislation ensures that any new roads that are adopted and then maintained at public expense are built to the required standard. The Department provides advice to developers and highway authorities on these matters, which can be found on gov.uk at:


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