Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Highway Network Management and Services

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Stockton Borough Council provides a wide range of services in support of the management of its highway infrastructure (a term which covers roads, footways, bridges, street lighting, traffic signals, street furniture, public rights of way and public open spaces). These services all go to ensure that the highway network is well-maintained, safe to use, clean and that disruption to traffic is kept to a minimum.

In terms of responsibility, it should be noted the Council is liable for maintaining the adopted highway infrastructure within the Borough boundary with the exception of those maintained by Highways England, namely the A19 and A66 Trunk Roads.

A schedule of the Council’s 2019-20 highway infrastructure schemes and the standards it uses for maintaining its highway network can be viewed below:

The Highway Infrastructure Programme for all assets for 2019-20.

Stockton Borough Council in partnership with the other Tees Valley local authorities, has developed a highway Design Guide and Specification which provides detailed information on a wide range of highway design and management related issues.

View information on Winter Maintenance, Gritting Routes and Salt Bin locations.


Council Plan and Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Documents

For further information on the Council Plan and Highway Infrastructure Asset Management documents, please view the information below:


HMEP Self-Assessment Questionnaire for the Incentive Fund

The Department for Transport has set up a highway maintenance “Incentive Fund” for the period 2015 to 2021 to reward those local authorities who can demonstrate they are delivering value for money and are continually looking to improve their service in a cost effective manner.

Authorities that spend money on roads efficiently will be rewarded with extra funds to keep up the good work whilst those with a history of inefficiency will receive comparatively less money. The proportion of funding allocated to well-performing authorities will increase year by year whilst at the same time the proportion of funding an authority receives if it is performing poorly will lessen year by year.

In order to establish the share of the Incentive Fund they are eligible for, each local authority in England (excluding London) will be invited annually to complete a self-assessment questionnaire against a number of criteria including:

  • Asset management - whether the authority takes a long-term view of road maintenance repair or waits for problems to develop before taking action.
  • Customer satisfaction - whether the authority is listening to road users and responding to their views.
  • Collaboration - whether the authority is working with its neighbours to share resources and good practice.

These are the key values of the Incentive Fund – it is not designed to provoke competition between local authorities but to encourage collaboration and to reward good practice.


Pothole Action Fund

In 2018/19 the Department for Transport provided us with £1.546M of additional funding for local highway maintenance. To see how we have allocated this funding view the document below;

Read the Pothole Action Fund Web Statement.


National Highways and Transport (NHT) Public Satisfaction Survey

The NHT Public Satisfaction Survey is carried out annually on behalf of local authorities throughout the country to seek residents’ views on local roads, footpaths and public transport. More than 3000 questionnaires are posted out across the Borough to residents chosen at random by market research specialist, Ipsos MORI.

The Council firmly supports the survey and urges residents to complete and return the survey because it not only tells us what people think about the Borough’s roads and public transport networks and how these can be improved, but it can also influence the amount of investment the Government allocates to Stockton Borough Council for highways improvements and maintenance. 

We know the upkeep of our roads and footpaths is important to our residents and we are committed to making sure that our highways are safe and well-maintained and analysis of the survey results, published on the NHT website, helps us to further plan for the future by taking into account the views and opinions of Stockton’s residents.


Streetworks and Other Highway Works

Utility Works

All utility companies working in the highway have a statutory right to install and maintain their assets in the adopted public highway as required. These works are carried out under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Traffic Management Act 2004 and associated Codes of Practice.


All utility companies  are required to serve a series of notices at each stage of their works to the local authority in order to obtain permission to work on the highway.


It is the local authority's duty to monitor, inspect and co-ordinate these activities to ensure that these works are carried out without undue delay and on time and in accordance with the Codes of Practice for the NRSWA and TMA.


Proposed Street Works Permit Scheme

We are considering the introduction of a Street Works Permit Scheme, for further information see the following page.


Events on the Highway
If you are planning an event which may involve the closure of a road or just require some general advice please contact [email protected] or telephone 01642 526709.


Bridges and Structures

There are hundreds of structures within the Borough, many of which are in the ownership of the Council together with others which are the responsibility of private stakeholders such as Network Rail and Highways England.

The range and type of structures we maintain varies enormously from historically significant bridges like Newport Bridge to the wooden footbridges in our parks and the drainage culverts that run under many of our highways.  We have footbridges and road bridges over rivers, roads and railways and the scale and variety of these structures is matched by the diversity of construction types and materials, with no two bridges or structures being identical.

In addition, our structures stock covers a large age range; for example Newport Bridge is a Grade II listed structure built in 1934 whereas the Infinity Bridge was built in 2008.


New Housing Developments

Stockton Borough Council as the local Highway Authority will adopt highways (to include carriageways, footways, verges, footpaths and cycleways all incorporating suitable drainage and lighting) maintainable at public expense, provided that such highways are constructed in accordance with the standards contained in the Design Guide and Specification for residential and Industrial estate development and are subject to an Agreement under Section 38 and Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980.

The Developer will be required to obtain all necessary outline and full planning approvals, in connection with all aspects of the proposed development. 


Street Naming and Numbering

Stockton Borough Council is responsible for the naming and numbering of streets and buildings throughout the Borough.

We assign names and numbers to give absolute clarity for the delivery of all mail, goods and services to residents and businesses.  It also allows emergency services to quickly locate any address they may need to get to.

The Council allocates road names and house numbers to new developments and property conversions while Royal Mail allocate postcodes.

The cost of naming and numbering are:

  • Developments - £200 per road name and £15 per plot
  • Developments which do not include a new road name - £100 per plot
  • Re-naming a property - £50.

For additional information contact 01642 526757.


Abnormal Load Movements

Hauliers should submit notices relating to proposed abnormal load movements to the Highway Network and Flood Risk Management Section. Please email: [email protected] or telephone 01642 526751.


Street Lighting

Stockton Borough Council maintains a stock of over 28,000 street lights. 

In addition to routine repairs and maintenance, Stockton Borough Council has recently completed a three year programme which saw the Council make a considerable investment in the installation of new LED street lights.  The work was completed over seven phases and realised significant financial savings from reduced energy and maintenance costs. For more information on defective street lights please see below:


Traffic Signals

Neighbouring authority, Middlesbrough Council, maintain all traffic signals across the Tees Valley. 

If you spot a traffic light not working, need to know more about the maintenance of traffic lights or crossings, contact them on 01642 728170.

To report traffic lights failures after 4pm and weekends please call 01642 727111.

Alternatively, you can let Middlesbrough Council know about a broken traffic light by using Report It


Temporary Traffic Signals
If you require further guidance and advice or wish to apply to set up Temporary Traffic Signals please follow the link and either email the completed form to [email protected] or post to the address at the top of this webpage.


Public Rights of Way

Stockton Borough Council has a statutory responsibility to produce and maintain the records of all public rights of way as well as a duty to assert and protect the rights of the public who wish to use them. For more information on public rights of way and cycle routes please have a look at the information below:

Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan
Stockton Borough Council have prepared a Rights of Way Improvement Plan which is based on the need to create a 'joined up' network of paths across the Borough which are in good condition, accessible and encourage people to take exercise in a safe environment.  More detailed information can be found on the Public Rights Of Way page.  The Public Rights of Way online mapping facility and Cycle Routes detail the walkways and paths that are available.


Flooding and Flood Risk Management

Stockton Borough Council takes a pro-active approach working with our partners in mitigating against the effects of past and possible future flooding events.  An ambitious programme of schemes is currently on-going throughout the Borough and these include a major flood alleviation partnership project at Lustrum Beck. 

Read further information regarding flooding management and schemes and what to do if affected by flooding.

The Local Flood Risk Strategy provides information and assessment of local flood risk within Stockton Borough and sets out objectives for managing this risk. 

All new developments must be in accordance with Building Regulations, Part H3 with regard to the disposal of surface water and discharge in the order of priority.  

For information on the Local Standards for Sustainable Drainage please read the attached information.


Major Improvement Projects

Stockton Borough Council is currently project managing a range of highway and infrastructure improvement works across the Borough which underpin our aim to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and allow for growth and regeneration. 

View information on Current Scheduled Roadworks.


Consultation - Your View Matters

The views of our residents are important to us and provide invaluable information regarding the schemes we deliver and how we can improve our service. If you would like to provide a comment either good or bad about the services we provide please email [email protected] or telephone 01642 526709.


How to Report a Fault

Report a Street Light Fault

Report a Highway Problem

To report faded or damaged white lines on roads please email [email protected] or telephone 01642 526709. 

For further information please email [email protected] or telephone 01642 526709.