Roads, highways and pavements
The Highways Act 1980 requires the Council to maintain the condition of all highways for which it has a responsibility to allow for the safe and effective movement of people and goods.
All motorways and trunk roads, e.g. A1(M), A19(T), A64(T), A64(T) etc.
All other A, B and C class roads and most unclassified roads; some unclassified roads (e.g. residential streets, access roads on Industrial estates) are the responsibility of adjacent properties, landlords etc and not the County Council.
The highway network the County Council manages is vast:
- There are over 5,500 miles of roads and 2,600 miles of footways. If our roads and footways were laid end to end they would stretch a third of the way around the Earth, reaching Darwin in Australia.
- Over 2,000 bridges
- 45,000 streetlights
- Over 300 traffic signal installations
The responsibility to manage the highway network includes the following:
The County Council expects to have approximately £55m available to deliver the highways service over the next four years. This must be used to fund both:
- Highway improvements - a range of schemes to improve infrastructure for road users across North Yorkshire.
- Highway maintenance - delivering the statutory duty to maintain the highway network in a safe and suitable condition.
You can find a range of information about the services we provide by using our online mapping.
Updated fees and charges from 1 April 2011