Highway Network Management and Services

Workers digging up part of a road with safety signs

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We provide 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 we are 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-on-Tees 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.


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

Street Works Permit Scheme

From the 1 April 2020 we have introduced a Street Works Permit Scheme, for further information visit the Street Works Permit Scheme page.


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.


Stockton-on-Tees Street Charter

As part of the Royal National Institute of Blind people’s ‘Who put that there’ campaign Local Authorities were asked to develop a street charter to address inaccessibility in the built environment which is a significant issue to people with sight loss.

Stockton Council’s charter, which was developed in partnership with representatives from the RNIB, including the local volunteer campaigner and Guide Dogs for the Blind, aims to address the six most common obstacles facing blind and partially sighted people.  The six most common obstacles facing blind and partially sighted people are parking on pavements, a-boards, inaccessible crossings, bins and recycling boxes on pavements, street furniture, and developments that include shared space.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Street Charter

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Street Charter (accessible version)

Further details of the RNIB’s ‘Who put that there!’ campaign can be found on the RNIB website.