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Highway maintenance

The Economy, Enterprise & Environment directorate, is the Highway Authority for Cornwall and is responsible for the overall management and direction of highway maintenance via the Highways & Drainage team in the Commissioning & Contracts Service. Funding for highway maintenance is provided by Central Government through Capital grants and the Council. In order to make best use of available funding the Council has aligned its maintenance programme with Government funding cycles.  

The Highways & Drainage team sets policy and strategy, and through its contractor CORMAC Solutions Ltd, delivers the day to day management and maintenance of the highway network. 


In order to provide a service that is responsive to local needs, there are two regional areas based in our group centre offices.  At the beginning of each financial year, the Council allocates its overall highway maintenance budget across these areas.  This allocation is made following evaluation of the highway maintenance requirements within each area.

The group centre office is the first point of contact regarding highway maintenance issues.  Within each office, there is a general manager responsible for the work undertaken in that area. 

The major tasks which form part of this service are highway inspections, surface dressing, resurfacing, patching, general purpose maintenance, maintaining road records and network management.  The latter refers to the job of planning and co-ordination of roadworks and all other works on the highway.  Other key tasks are temporary road closures, pavements, drainage, verge cutting, repairing potholes, winter gritting and snow clearance.

In April Cornwall Council received £10.7 million from the Department of Transport as part of a national award to local highway authorities to enable them to deal with the consequences of the severe winter storms and associated flooding.

Cornwall Council recognises the affect that the storms and prolonged wet weather has had and will be using the funding to deal with damage caused to the highway network and its supporting infrastructure such as bridges, retaining walls and large drainage culverts. The main aim of this programme of work will be to repair the damage caused; whilst at the same time building in resilience to ensure that the rural minor road network, in particular, remains serviceable and able to support the life of our rural and coastal communities.

The following lists and maps show the location of works that will be undertaken as part of this programme.

You may report a highway problem - or alternatively contact us about any highway maintenance issues by:

Telephone 0300 1234 222
Email roadstransportandparking@cornwall.gov.uk 

or write to the regional engineer at your nearest group centre office.

  • Western Group Centre, Radnor Road, Scorrier, Redruth, TR16 5EH
  • Central Group Centre,Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, PL31 1DZ 

Roads, transport and parking

0300 1234 222