Our approach to highways

Our aim is to keep the public road network in a safe and usable condition with the limited resources we have. The adopted road network includes:

  • Carriageways
  • Footways and cycle tracks
  • Drainage
  • Street furniture
  • Highway structures such as bridges and retaining walls
  • Traffic management systems
  • Highway lighting
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We budget approximately £35m for road and pavement maintenance each year, preserving over 7,250 kilometres of roads, from dual carriageways to narrow country lanes. Funding for road maintenance is supported in part by Central Government through Capital grants.

The way in which this funding is prioritised and the standards expected to be
achieved are prescribed by the Council through various approved policies (see below). Cormac delivers the day to day management and maintenance services through a contractual arrangement with the Council.

Our approach to road maintenance is prioritised utilising an Asset Management framework. The Asset Management framework is a proven methodology to maximise longevity of the road condition and provide value for money to residents.

Key aspects of our Asset Management framework for maintaining Cornwall’s road network is agreed by the Cabinet and documented.

A large part of the maintenance strategy aims to halt decline and improve overall condition in time. This is done in a number of ways, for example, by clearing drainage more frequently, cutting back vegetation and protecting against water ingress by surface dressing.