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Highway Network Management

In its role as the Highway Authority, Bedford Borough Council is responsible for the management, maintenance and improvement of the non-trunk highway network in the Borough. The Borough Council develops annual programmes for capital structural maintenance programmes in accordance with the Council's 'Highways Maintenance Plan', the principles of which are:


· To deliver the statutory obligations of the Authority;

· To be responsive to the needs of users and the community;

· To contribute to effective highway asset management and maintain the asset value;

· To support effective delivery of the statutory network management duty;

· To support and add value to local transport objectives; and

· To support and add value to wider corporate policy objectives.


Government Bids and Funding

Date added



Oct 14


Bedford Borough Council were awarded of £511,618 in 2014/15 to carry out additional carriageway repairs on its highways network. Our first quarterly statement showing how this grant money is being spent is shown in the Appendix



May 14


In the 2014 Budget statement, the Government announced the creation of a Pothole Fund (“the Fund”) worth £200 million, with £168 million being made available to highway authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network. The funding is available in the 2014/15 financial year. Bedford Borough Council has submitted a bid for funding. Details of the bid document are shown in the Appendix.

The document has been published on our website  as part of the Government’s commitment to greater openness in the public sector under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Any queries about the bid can be made via the Bedford Borough Council Highways Helpdesk on 01234 718003 or at


Statement - Apr 2015

Mar 14


 In December 2012 the Dft announced in their Autumn Statement that additional Highways Maintenance Funding will be allocated to Local Authorities in 2013/14 and 2014/15.  Bedford Borough Council was awarded additional funding for 2013/14 of £503k.

In accordance with the requirements of the grant the additional funds were used to extend the Councils programme of resurfacing works and enabled us to carry out much needed resurfacing works on Goldington Road in Bedford



2015-16 Programme of Works

The 2015-2016 programme of works for Structural Maintenance Schemes has the key objective to deliver a programme that was based on the emerging principles of the Transport Asset Management Plan, which is intended to deliver improvements in National Indicator performance. The programme also tries to meet the needs of the local community by addressing issues highlighted by elected Members and Parish Councils.


The maintenance schemes for the coming years can be viewed by clicking the links below . Please note that the programme below only include carriageways and footways and may be subject to change nearer the time of delivery.

2016-2018 - Highways Maintenance Programme

Bedford Borough Council’s policy when carrying out reconstruction and resurfacing works to footways and footpaths outside of the defined town centre and conservation area, is to replace areas constructed with a paving slab finish with asphalt material.

The programme has been compiled based on inspections carried out through the year and suggestions made by local Councillors and Parish Councils. The Council has had to evaluate these requests against the condition of the road, the benefits to residents and local economy as well as carrying out works that ease the burden of small scale repair works facing the Council.


In addition to these carriageway repairs the Council will also be improving some of the busiest footways and pedestrianised areas in the town centre, maintaining highways bridges, carrying out works to improve highway drainage and prevent flooding and carrying out street lighting improvements as part of the Councils carbon management plan.


A report on the background and process of developing the programme of works can be found here


For Information on other schemes, such as traffic management schemes, pedestrian crossings, street lighting, drainage and structures work please contact the Highways Team on 01234 718003 or


The Council also publishes regular road works bulletins to provide information on current road works in the area. For information on road works, please refer to the Bedford Borough Bulletin.


For up to date information on road works in Bedford and the surrounding areas please click the link



2014-2015 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2013-2014 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2012-2013 - Highways Maintenance Programme

2011-2012 - Highways Maintenance Programme


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