Adopted roads

Adopted roads are roads we're responsible for. They're maintained and repaired by us using public funds.

If road is not adopted, it's classed as private road and is the responsibility of the developer or landowner.

New roads which are constructed to meet our guidelines are normally adopted as part of 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 maintains 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 list or on map.

View adopted roads in Rochdale borough on the GeoPlace website

Adopting private roads

We can only adopt an existing road if the road is 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 road adopted is long process. It can also cost 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. This could be either by installing some of the missing features or by improving the standard of the existing features.

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