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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.

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 (230KB pdf) which is reviewed annually to ensure it is fit for purpose.

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.

Additional spend

Medway Council received additional funding of £266,000 for 2013/14 and £218,000 for 2014/15 from the Department of Transport to spend on roads adversely affected by the wet weather across the winter of 2013/14 and 2014/15. The attached scheme list for 2013/14 (pdf 51KB) identifies the roads where this additional funding was spent, which resulted in £94,000 being spent on minor works, with the remaining £172,000 being spent on larger patching schemes. The scheme list for 2014/15 (pdf 27KB) funding has been spent on larger patching schemes on the roads identified in the list. This additional funding over the 2 year period has now been fully utilised.

In addition to the above, a further application for funding (pdf 1.28MB) has also been submitted to the Department of Transport. The appendices to support this bid are available to view below:

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 December 2016, 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

The remaining works, which are due to be completed by 28 February 2017, will include the following locations:

  • New Road, Chatham
  • Frindsbury Hill, Rochester
  • Childscroft Road, Rainham
  • Dux Court Road, Hoo
  • Binney Road, Allhallows
  • Nursery Road, Rainham

DfT Challenge Fund Tranche 2A

The purpose of the Challenge Fund is to enable local Highway Authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund through the usual allocations received. Medway Council Highways Department decided that an investment was needed for the A289, specifically the Highway Network route from Anthony’s Way Roundabout leading all the way through to Grange Roundabout. Below are the documents that support this bid:-