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Roads and potholes

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All roads designated 'highway' within Medway are on a continuous rolling programme of safety inspections. The frequency of these inspections are determined according to a hierarchy, based on the Well Maintained Highways Code of Practice issued by the Department of Transport.

Inspections are carried out by qualified Highway Inspectors and during these inspections, any necessary works are ordered with an appropriate priority for repair - or alternatively they are passed onto the relevant officer to action.

The responsive maintenance team responds to enquiries from members of the public concerning possible defects on roads. Each report will be investigated with a site visit and any repairs deemed necessary will be placed on order with our term contractor.

DfT Self-Assessment

The Transport Asset Management Policy (231KB pdf) sets out the principles we follow to manage, maintain and improve our Highway Infrastructure.

The Highway Asset Management Plan (1155KB pdf) defines how we'll manage our Highway Infrastructure including carriageways, footways, structures, drainage, street lighting and street furniture, making sure they are kept in operation, safe for public use to help Medway Council achieve their Priorities and Goals. It also sets out how we shall make the most of current budgets and how future funding shall be spent in accordance with Asset Management Best Practice.

In addition, the Transport Asset Maintenance Plan (1157KB pdf) is designed to help achieve some of the priorities, objectives and targets set out in the third Local Transport Plan. In terms of highway maintenance, the over-arching aim is to halt the decline in condition of the road network and restore it to a more acceptable standard. The council therefore have in place a Transport Asset Management Policy which is reviewed annually to ensure it is fit for purpose.

The Highway Communication Plan (502KB pdf) outlines how the Highways Team is committed to ensuring effective two-way communication with all its Stakeholders; engaging with and providing good quality information to identify what can be expected from an Asset Management approach.

The Network Resilience Plan (823KB pdf) has been developed in line with the Department for Transport (DfT) review of the resilience of the UK Transport Network to extreme weather events. The development of our Network Resilience Plan and map (16MB pdf) supports our Transport Asset Management Policy and aligns with our Highway Asset Management Plan. Through prioritisation of maintenance schemes on the resilient network, the Council will aim to keep this infrastructure safe to use all year round to support a local resilient economy.

Pothole Action Fund and Local Highway Maintenance Incentive

Medway Council carry out a programme of scheduled resurfacing schemes each year and maintain and repair roads to allow people to travel easily and safely in Medway.

The Government announced details of the 2016/17 funding allocations for the Pothole Action Fund and Local Highway Maintenance Incentive funding at the Road Surface Treatment Association Annual Conference on 7 April 2016. This year Medway Council was awarded £135,000 from the Pothole Action Fund and £143,000 from the Incentive Fund.

From April 2016 to February 2017, the following carriageway works have been completed using this funding allocation:

  • Albany Terrace, Chatham
  • York Hill, Chatham
  • North Dane Way, Chatham
  • Darnley Road, Rochester
  • Parkfields, Strood
  • City Way, Rochester
  • Rye Street, Cliffe
  • Hartington Street, Chatham
  • Bloors Lane, Rainham
  • Spekes Road, Gillingham
  • Pier Road, Gillingham
  • Peninsula Way, Rochester
  • Cuxton Road, Strood
  • New Road, Chatham
  • Frindsbury Hill, Rochester
  • Childscroft Road, Rainham
  • Dux Court Road, Hoo
  • Binney Road, Allhallows
  • Nursery Road, Rainham