Maintaining our roads and pavements

Introduction - How we prioritise

Road maintenance works are prioritised using a number of criteria including:

Risk to the public

This is calculated using data such as past insurance claims and the number of small repairs carried out.

Condition of the road

This includes an engineer's assessment.

Road priority

Greater priority is given to roads with the greatest usage or need. Road class (A, B, C and D), speed limits and daily traffic are all factors in this.

Please see our Highway Safety Inspection Policy for more information on how we put roads into a priority order for maintenance purposes. We call this 'Surrey Priority Network'.

The above criteria ensures that the available funding is used on the roads and pavements that are in greatest need of treatment in a fair and consistent manner across the county.

Further information

More information about our prioritisation policy and criteria for roads, pavements, structures, drainage and safety barriers can be found in our Highway Prioritisation Policy and Criteria.

You can also download a copy of our Asset Management Strategy and Communications Plan. Our strategy identifies which assets (for example, roads, pavements, bridges) should be the priority for maintenance and investment in the next 15 years.

To check if a road or pavement has been identified for future maintenance, please visit the Horizon web map.

Operation Horizon is the name of our highway maintenance investment programme. Our works are set on an annual basis. In addition, we have a list of roads which we are considering for future years.


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