Highway maintenance

All minor repairs identified from our safety inspections are prioritised for action depending on their severity, location and the hierarchy of the road or footway.

They might include:

  • Raised flagstones
  • Kerbs
  • Potholes
  • Highway drains/gullies
  • Road markings
  • Highway grass verges and weeds
  • Fences, guardrails, crash barriers
  • Overgrown/overhanging vegetation
  • Damaged, missing or uneven manhole covers.

When you inform us of damage to a footway or carriageway, we will, wherever possible, make contact with you within 1 working day and conclude the enquiry within a maximum of 10 working days.

Other problems

Street works, roadworks, skips, scaffolds, hoardings, advertising boards and building materials that block the pavement can be considered to be causing an obstruction to pedestrians.

Carriageway, Footway and Structures planned maintenance

In October 2018, the Chancellor announced in the Budget that the Government was allocating a further £420m of new money for local highways maintenance. This additional resource was allocated using the highways maintenance funding formula, which resulted in Wigan Council receiving an additional £1.7m.

This additional funding has been used for repairing the borough’s highway carriageways (including dealing with potholes). The list of schemes undertaken using this funding are highlighted within the maintenance schedules below:

Relevant documents

Road Marking Maintenance Program

A 4 year road marking maintenance program has been formulated to ensure that road markings are visible, clear and compliant.

In April each year the annual programme is issued to our road marking contractor for them to undertake the work. The majority of the programme works are undertaken between April and September when the weather is warmer and the days longer. It is more difficult to remark road markings in the winter months and they cannot be laid when there is road salt on the road from the Winter Maintenance program.

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