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We are responsible for the management, maintenance and improvement of the non-trunk highway network in Bedford Borough.

The Council has a legal responsibility for the highway network in terms of keeping the highway available and safe for passage for the travelling public. It undertakes this duty in its role as the Highway Authority.

Highway Inspection Manual

Bedford Borough Council uses an inspection manual as a tool to identify and determine the types of defects which are likely to create a danger or serious inconvenience to users of the network or the wider community.

The inspection manual introduces the principle of defect risk assessment, helps to identify the most appropriate action in response to each defect found and assists to prioritise the wider highway network maintenance and management function. To view a copy of the Inspection Manual, please click the link below:

Categorising repairs

Repairs normally fall into two categories – the smaller repairs, defined as Category 1 or Category 2 defects according to their severity, which are carried out to make the roads and pavements safe, and the larger repairs such as relaying kerbs or resurfacing roads. These are usually planned many months (or even years) in advance.

Replacing paving slabs with asphalt

Our 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.

Contact us

If you need any further information please contact our Highways Helpdesk as detailed below:

Phone: 01234 718003

Report online: 

Highways Helpdesk Customer Service Centre
2 Horne Lane
MK40 1RA