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Adopted roads

Adopted roads are roads we're responsible for. They're maintained and repaired by us using public funds. If a road isn't adopted, it's classed as a private road and is the responsibility of the developer or land owner.

New roads which are constructed to meet our guidelines are normally adopted as part of a legal agreement between us and the developer. This is done under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

View adopted roads in the borough

GeoPlace maintain a list of all the adopted roads in Rochdale borough on our behalf. You can use their website to view all the adopted roads in the UK as a list or on a map.

View adopted roads in the borough on the GeoPlace website

How to have your private road adopted

We can only adopt an existing road if it's brought up to our road standards by the current owners. Adopted roads usually need to be paved and have kerbs, footways, surface water sewers, gullies and lighting.

Having a road adopted is a long process. It can also cost a lot of money depending on the work which needs doing to bring the road up to standards.

In some special circumstances, we may pay to raise the standard of a private street. Either by installing some of the missing features or by improving the standard of the existing features.

If you'd like advice about bringing a road up to adoption standards, please contact us using the details on this page.

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0300 303 8879

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Highways and Engineering Service
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU