Road maintenance



The council is responsible for carrying out repairs and for administering highway legislation. This includes planned and emergency maintenance, surveys and street works

Each year the council publishes its planned maintenance programme, which covers a range of large-scale refurbishment works for permanent highway repairs.

The proposed planned maintenance programme is designed to the highest standard possible to improve the existing carriageways and footways. It is intended to improve the environment for those people living, working or otherwise using the public highways not only visually, but to make the streets safer and more pleasant to use. These programmes are flexible enough to complement other initiatives with funding from Visual Amenity, Single Regeneration Budget, or Area Improvement Initiative. Highway Maintenance Schemes will be co-ordinated to produce a standard defined by Best Value or better. The specification will continue to be revised to achieve the highest possible standard.

The following items have been taken into account to ‘tune’ the priority list:

  • Areas where accidents have occurred
  • Co-ordination with Traffic Management schemes such as Controlled Parking Zones, traffic calming measures, environmental schemes etc.
  • Borough wide priority and special areas
  • Co-ordination with the Street Lighting Programme, Sites reported by Council members and Complaints received from public.

Structural maintenance Click to get info

The structural maintenance program encompasses large scale refurbishment works on the carriageways and footways, and council structures.

Carriageway overlay Click to get info

Carriageway overlays are designed to improve riding quality of a road by the application of a thin layer of material to the carriageway surface.

Slurry sealing is an economical method of sealing carriageways against the penetration of water and improving skid resistance.

The large area footway patching programme encompasses the refurbishment of the borough road footways that are considered to be in a poor condition and includes the conversion of defective stone footways to bituminous material.

Visual amenity schemes are designed to improve visual appearance and ease of maintenance of our streets. They include replacement works and modernisation of planter bays, guard railing and benches.

All data is subject to change and every effort will be made to ensure that the information provided is as accurate as possible. The information will be updated regularly.

Waltham Forest Council was granted a fund of £534,00 by the Department of Transport this was for the maintenance of the boroughs highways, including the carriageways, footways and highways structures such as bridges.

The funding has enabled the borough to carry out additional works as listed below:

  • Carriageway resurfacing: £300,000

  • Footway resurfacing and patching: £224,000

  • Bridge repairs: £10,000

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​