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See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Road Maintenance Programme

When and where we're performing scheduled maintenance on our roads

All road maintenance work scheduled to be carried out by West Berkshire Council is listed in our pdf icon Highway Improvement Programme [140kb].

If you have a question about roadworks that aren't listed in our programme, it's likely they're being carried out by another organisation (such as a utility company) - you can  check our interactive map of all current (and some future) roadworks in West Berkshire.  The map includes contact details for the companies carrying out the work - to view future scheduled work, adjust the drop down menu in the top right of the screen to the period you'd like to see.

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.


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.

Additional Local Transport Capital Funding 2018/19 Financial Year

In November 2018 the Department for Transport (DfT) announced an additional £420m funding in the 2018/19 for local highway maintenance. West Berkshire Council's share of this funding was £1.913m. 

This funding was mainly spent on carriageway and footway maintenance (£1.6m), which was a combination of surfacing schemes (as detailed in the pdf icon Extra Highway Improvement Programme Schemes 2018/19 [15kb]) and carriageway/footway patching.

Maintenance of drainage infrastructure (£213,000) and essential signing/lining maintenance (£100,000) was also completed. 

We will shortly be publishing photos of the completed schemes.