Planned Highways Maintenance
Due to the amount of highways maintenance needed (roads and footways), and the limited resources available to carry it out - highway repairs have to be prioritised. This page explains how we prioritise the work.
The following factors are taken into account:
- Funding availability
- Condition Surveys
- Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT) inspector reports
- Resident / Ward Councillor representation
- Use (both pedestrian and vehicular)
- Planned traffic schemes and utility works
- Programme Approval
- Planned Highways Maintenance Programme
Planned maintenance of the borough’s highways is funded through two main streams - for principal roads and borough roads. The other roads in Haringey are maintained directly by Transport for London.
Principal roads are the main thoroughfares transporting the highest number of vehicles and pedestrians. Funding for maintenance of the carriageway on these roads comes directly from Transport for London (TfL) through a yearly bidding process submitted as part of our Local Implementation Plan (LIP).
Haringey’s principal road network includes the following roads:
- Green Lanes
- Tottenham High Road (Bruce Grove to borough boundary with Enfield Council)
- West Green Road
- Bounds Green Road
- Ferry Lane
- Fortis Green
- Lordship Lane
- Fortis Green Road
- The Roundway (west)
- Priory Road
- Hornsey High Street
- Tottenham Lane
- Watermead Way
- Westbury Avenue
- Turnpike Lane
- The Broadway (Muswell Hill)
- The Broadway (Crouch End)
- Crouch End Hill
- Crouch Hill
- Queens Avenue
- High Road (Wood Green)
- Park Road
- Church Lane
- Muswell Hill
Borough roads cover the rest of the road network, excluding Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) roads. Funding for maintenance comes directly from council capital finances and is secured through a yearly bidding process. Typically the council sets aside between £0.5m-£1m per year. We also seek funding over a three year period, so we can make longer term plans and improve efficiency.
Transport for London maintained roads
A number of roads in the borough form part of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). These are the ‘red routes’ and are managed and maintained directly by Transport for London.
Transport for London maintained roads in Haringey are:
- Archway Road
- Seven Sisters Road
- Great Cambridge Road
- The Roundway (East)
- Bruce Grove
- Tottenham High Road (Bruce Grove to Stamford Hill)
- Broad Lane
- Monument Way
Condition surveys are the key method of assessing whether a road or footway needs maintenance. For roads, scanning equipment is used to identify structural defects, with this supported by visual inspections. Visual inspections are used to assess the condition of footways.
Condition surveys for the principal road network are bought by Hammersmith and Fulham Council on behalf of all London boroughs. With the exception of other programmed scheme or utility work that may impact on the principal road network, this is the only data used for prioritising our principal road maintenance programme. It is therefore solely based on condition.
Borough roads cover the rest of the road network, excluding Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) roads. Funding for maintenance comes directly from council capital finances and is secured through a yearly bidding process. Typically the council sets aside between £0.5m-£6m per year. We are now seeking funding over a ten year period, which will allow us to make longer term plans and improve efficiency.
What we consider
Frequently residents raise the condition of footways with us because of their poor visual appearance. A concrete slab footway may appear excessively cracked or a black top footway may appear extensively patched, although it remains free from trip hazards and therefore safe to use. Given the financial constraints on planned maintenance works, appearance alone will not warrant replacement. The issue about how long it has been since a footway or carriageway was last resurfaced is also not of itself a relevant consideration: the key factors are condition and safety. The life of individual roads and footways will be governed by many things including use, weather, statutory undertaker disturbance, tree roots as well as age.
Our NAT officers carry out regular inspections of the highway and identify locations that are considered too big for reactive repairs and therefore need to be considered for planned maintenance.
This information is provided on a monthly basis to the Highway Planned Maintenance team and either scheduled for urgent attention if considered a health and safety issue, or considered alongside the condition surveys when creating the next prioritisation programme.
The council receives a number of complaints from residents and ward councillors during the year regarding the condition of the highway. Officers will investigate the complaint by inspecting the location and responding accordingly. If it is considered to require maintenance it will be either scheduled for urgent attention or included in the prioritisation programme.
The level of use of the public highway plays an important role in prioritising locations for maintenance, both in terms of maximising the benefit and minimising risk. We'll prioritise locations that carry the highest volume of traffic (pedestrian / vehicles) while considering routes to schools, stations and town centres. This may result in a road or footway being moved up the prioritisation list even though other locations, with relatively lighter volumes of usage may be in a worse condition.
Once a draft programme is prepared a further check will be made to confirm if there are any planned schemes or utility works affecting the selected roads network. This may result in a road repair being delayed if there is a clash of works. This process also helps the engineers and contractors to efficiently schedule works to minimise disruption and maximise the amount of work that can be delivered.
We also take into account other planned transport scheme works where road resurfacing or footway replacement could improve the scheme and is needed. This also ensures that there is a joined up approach to highways and transport works and that we are working in the same area at the same time rather than in the following years.
The final prioritisation programme forms part of Sustainable Transport Works Plan, which is presented to the council’s Cabinet for approval each year.
- Provisional Carriageway Programme 2018-19 (PDF, 132KB)
- Provisional Footway Programme 2018-19 (PDF, 209KB)
- Provisional Carriageway Programme 2019-20 (PDF, 141KB)
- Provisional Footway Programme 2019-20 (PDF, 209KB)
- Provisional Carriageway Programme 2020-21 (PDF, 127KB)
- Provisional Footway Programme 2020-21 (PDF, 129KB)
Completed planned maintenance works
Please see links below of the lists of roads where planned maintenance works have already been completed. We have also provided photographs of those roads prior to and after the works taking place.
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