As the highway authority for Surrey, our aim is to keep the highway network, which includes roads, pavements and cycle paths, safe through carrying out regular safety inspections. Our inspections are carried out by a team of qualified inspectors.
Our highway safety inspection policy can be downloaded below. This is provided as guidance and standards for our inspectors. It helps ensure a consistent approach to identifying defects on nearly 5000 kilometres of road, over 6000 kilometers of footway (pavements), and more than 800 kilometres of cycle paths.
We manage our inspections and any repair works according to the frequencies, standards and response times set out in this document. This allows us to maintain the highway network to a reasonable standard, proportionate with available funding, and successfully defend against the majority of third party insurance claims for damage or injury.
Files available to download
Highway Safety Inspection Policy - December 2018 (PDF)
The full Highways Safety Inspections Policy used by our inspectors and engineers
Highway Safety Inspection Policy Annex A (PDF)
Table showing the identification of defect severity. Known as the defect matrix.
Highway Hierarchy Definition Policy - December 2018 (PDF)
Details of how we categorise importance of our roads, pavements and cycleways