Bedford Highways has the responsibility for the maintenance of
the highway, including pavements and footways.
Trip hazards on footways are a key concern at all times whilst the
problems of weeds, standing water and ice tend to be more seasonal.
Trip hazards and other defects on footways are addressed in the
following priority order.
1 - Slab movement, uneven ironwork, and
potholes with a trip exceeding 20 mm; depression greater than 20mm
deep and more than 100mm in plan; cracking with a gap wider and
deeper than 20mm
2 - All other slab movements, uneven ironwork
and potholes with a trip less than 20mm; depression less than 20mm
deep and less than 100mm in plan; cracking with a gap of less than
Priority 1 defects are considered an
emergency and we strive to repair them or make them safe within 24
Priority 2 defects are programmed for work at a later date,
but will be monitored regularly to ensure that they do not get any
Footways, particularly those constructed of paving slabs, can
suffer very badly from overriding vehicles.
Please note: In the case of damage, it is important, if possible,
to report the vehicle details so that the Council can recover the
full cost of repairs to the footway.
When works are being undertaken on the highway (including the
footway), the organisation, which may include utility companies,
carrying out those works is responsible for ensuring there is a
safe diversionary route for pedestrians and other traffic and a
For further information, please contact our
Highways Helpdesk as detailed below:
Phone: 01234 718003
Bedford Borough Council