West Berkshire Council


Information about planned or current roadworks

Roadworks happen either as a result of work we're carrying out as part of a scheduled programme to repair, maintain or improve our roads, or because another agency or organisation is carrying out installation or maintenance (for instance, on pipes or cabling). 

There are three ways to find information about roadworks.
If you want to know about:

Report a problem

If you wish to report potholes, or highlight other non-emergency problems related to roads or utility works, please do so using our report a problem service.

Our duty and responsibilities

With the exceptions of the M4 Motorway and A34 Trunk Road which are maintained by the Highways Agency, West Berkshire Council is responsible for maintaining all the adopted roads and pavements in the district.

Under the Highways Act 1980 we have a duty to maintain our local road network in a safe and usable condition. We follow national guidelines and standards by carrying out routine safety inspections on roads in our area.

If safety issues are found or reported, for example potholes, we will aim to make these safe within 24 hours.

In addition to the routine safety inspection, we carry out more extensive repairs in order to improve the condition of the local road network. These works include resurfacing and surface dressing.

The cleansing of highway gullys (drains) is performed routinely based on the risk of blockage. You can read our gully cleansing programmes online, published on a pdf icon quarterly [79kb] and pdf icon annual [459kb] basis.


Our pdf icon Pothole Guidance [225kb] gives more information on what we do to repair potholes in West Berkshire.

Road emergencies

A dedicated two-man emergency team in a specialist vehicle is on standby 24 hours a day, to deal with issues or emergencies, such as

  • removal of fallen trees which are blocking the highway
  • removal of debris following traffic accidents
  • clearing oil and diesel spills
  • replacing or arranging replacement of missing or broken manhole covers
  • attending to knocked down street lights and bollards
  • removal of dead animals
  • filling / making safe of dangerous potholes

If you encounter an issue on the highway which you believe is hazardous, please report it to us using the contact details below.