Highway asset management

We are responsible for managing most roads and footpaths in Cheshire East. We are committed to maintaining the road network effectively to support economic prosperity and local community needs.

The Cheshire East highways network includes 1,677 miles of roads, 1,180 miles of pavements and pedestrian paths, and 5.8 million square metres of grass verge, plus cycle routes, bridges, road gullies, road signs, streetlights, pedestrian crossings, and traffic lights. Much of the network is old. This makes maintenance a constant challenge, particularly given current tight budgets.

We take a systematic 'asset management' approach to looking after the highways network.

This means making long term plans and finding the most cost-effective ways to make sure the network continues to meet the needs of road users and residents into the future.

To do this successfully, we take each of the following into account:

  • customer needs
  • local priorities
  • road condition
  • environmental issues
  • risk management
  • money available

We invest in the ‘right treatment, at the right place, at the right time’. 

For more detail, see:

Road condition and repairs

Highway Asset Management Policy (PDF, 1.3MB)

Highway Asset Management Strategy (PDF, 1MB)

Money for highways asset management comes both from our own funds and from central government.

Department for Transport Incentive Fund

The Department for Transport has an incentive fund which gives money to local councils based on the performance of their highway services. Our levels of performance means we have been given 100% of the available funding for 2019/20.

Pothole Action Fund

Central government gave us a grant of £1,081,305 for 2018/19 to help us fix potholes or prevent them forming. We added this to the £729,679 from our own budget that we spent on potholes last year.