The Council is the Highway Authority and the Bridge Authority for the bridges owned by the Council.
There are also other bridge owners/authorities and the largest of these are:
- The Highways Agency (trunk roads and motorway)
- Network Rail (railways)
- BRB Residuary) Ltd (disused railways)
- The Environment Agency (main rivers)
- British Waterways Board (canals)
As a rule the bridge usually belongs to the organisation (or its successor) that had cause to need the bridge in the first place. Ownership of bridges has been transferred in some cases, such as when the responsibility for a route changes.
The Council's bridges are inspected approximately every two years and a programme of maintenance work is drawn up. Incidents of damage through vehicle collision, storm damage, or other causes are investigated as soon as possible.
In the case of damage to bridges by vehicles, reporting of the vehicle details may mean it is possible for the Council to claim the cost of the repairs to the bridge or culvert.
Page updated: 22 Oct 2010