Devon County Council’s road maintenance programme for Exeter

At the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee held on 14 November 2016, members requested information in relation to the Devon County Council’s road maintenance programme [item 11 of the agenda].

The details for Exeter are as follows:













Schemes included in this view

Schemes excluded from this view

  • Schemes still awaiting Asset Approval
  • Bridge Assessment & Strengthening (BAS)
  • Revenue Funded Schemes
  • Pre-patching for 2017/18
  • Road Restraint schemes (RRS)
  • Street Lighting
  • Traffic signals
  • Cycleways
  • Roadmarkings


      • Resurfacing – surface treatment with a bituminous material, 40mm or more thick.
      • Patching – surface treatment with a bituminous material, 40mm or more thick but in smaller areas not covering the whole road or footpath.
      • Surface Dressing – surface treatment with bitumen and chippings. Patching will be completed in the year preceding surface dressing.
      • Micro Asphalt – Slurry style surface treatment, typically suited to urban areas. Patching will be completed in the year preceding Micro Asphalt.
      • Joint / crack repair – treats joints and cracks in the existing surface that need sealing prior to a longer term repair in the near future.
      • High Friction Surfacing (HFS) – specialised surface dressing at locations that require higher skidding resistance.
      • Drainage – upgrading, repairs and improvements to highway drainage systems.
      • Footway works – surface treatment to a footpath involving resurfacing or a bituminous sealant, or replacement of concrete flags.

Further details on the programme for the current year requested by are available on DCC’s public web site as a interactive map

There also a list rather than the map, which can sort schemes according to Electoral Division or Market Town [but a few anomalies show up – I don;t think Exminister will take too kindly to being included in the Exeter list!]. This list also shows the current status of each scheme.


Patching works in Oxford Street, #EXEStThomas

On Wednesday 09 November 2016,  Devon County Council Cabinet considered a report on the Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Policy, Strategy and Plan.

The minutes note that “Members present expressed continuing concerns at the effect of historic levels of funding made available by Government for highway maintenance which was no longer sufficient to meet current demands let alone the growing backlog of work required.  Members attending under the provisions of standing orders also expressed concerns at the apparent divide in the treatment of urban and rural areas and the impact upon the economy of the County as a whole.”

Annex 1 to the report – Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Policy – sets out what this means it practice.

With over 7,700 miles of roads in the county, Devon has the longest highway network in the country. Yet there is a maintenance backlog.

DCC’s asset modelling work suggests that across all highway assets (carriageway, footways, street lighting, bridges, drainage system, etc…..), it should be investing over £55m per year just to keep up with annual deterioration and maintain the assets in their current condition. it is estimated that DCC needs to spend over £167m to to fix the most deteriorated roads requiring maintenance now, and that DDC should be investing approximately £38m per year just to maintain them in a steady state. The capital grant allocation for roads from government was £29m for the 2016/17 year. Thus, every year that DCC is  unable to spend what it needs means that highway network condition will deteriorate. This will be particularly noticeable on minor road – and DCC thinks it is therefore essential that to target the money we do have to deliver the most effective maintenance of each asset in the longer-term.

What does this mean in practice?

Recently, Oxford Street in St Thomas was cleared for 5 days for resurfacing work.

Temporary Traffic Notice – Union Street, Exeter [TTRO1618573]
Alternative route due to temporary closure of Union Street

Yet within these 5 days, only patching works – rather than the complete resurfacing that’s needed – took place.

Oxford Street 01
Oxford Street 02
Oxford Street 03

As a result, I and my co-councillors have been contacted by local residents confused and angry about what DCC have done, and the poor state the road is in after it has been *repaired*. In particular, they are concerned that loose rubble left after the patching works will cause further damage to their cars.

They understand that the workmen could only do the areas as agreed, but they hope that a full assessment on the true state of the road was made while it was clear of cars.

Like them, we would like to know when complete resurfacing might happen




St Thomas Community News | Limited waiting on Cowick Street


Limited waiting on Cowick Street


Devon’s plans to remove the current limited waiting bay on the out-bound side of Cowick Street has annoyed residents, businesses and shoppers.

Cllr Hannah Packham met with traders before the consultation. “I hope I assured them that we, as Labour councillors, also fear what these proposals would mean for Cowick Street. Removing the bay would affect their trade and would mean traffic would have a free run to speed along this stretch of a very busy road..

“Devon say that safety concerns are one reason for their plans – but their own data shows that this isn’t the case”

The Labour team have ensured that the matter will be discussed at the next Traffic Orders meeting on 19 April 2016.