Bridges and structures

Cornwall has over 1500 highway bridges that are regularly inspected to ensure they are safe for the public to use. 

Any repairs, strengthening or general works identified through routine or specialist inspections are prioritised and programmed in line with the annual budget available. 

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Work is prioritised according to the likely risk to the public or property and the categorisation of the road. 

Urgent repairs as a result of accident damage rendering a structure unsafe may take priority over programmed work.

Report an issue with a bridge or structure 

If the defect is a threat to public safety please telephone 0300 1234 222 (24 hour service) giving details of the location. 

Whilst we are responsible for the majority of highway structures, railway bridges are the responsibility of Network Rail.

Cornwall Council is responsible for over 1200 retaining walls. 

Most retaining walls, which directly support the highway and are within the highway boundary, are maintained by us.

However some are owned and maintained by others:

  • Occasionally, walls retaining the highway will have been built by adjoining landowners to create a more level site for development or to afford more usable space.  These are usually owned by and should be maintained by the landowner. 
  • Walls supporting property adjacent to the highway are generally the responsibility of the property owner.  Where a wall has been built in order to construct the highway it will usually be maintainable by the council unless built as accommodation works for the adjoining land owner.
  • Where defective privately owned and maintained walls have an impact on the highway the council has a common law right to intervene and take action.

Report an issue with a retaining wall

To report a dangerous retaining wall causing an immediate safety hazard please telephone 0300 1234 222 (24 hour service) giving details of the location.