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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

How we check our roads are safe


We inspect our roads on a regular basis to make sure that there are no hazards and to

We do a variety of checks throughout the year, including safety and coarse visual inspections, footway network surveys, SCANNER surveys and skid resistance surveys.

Skid resistance

Skid resistance of the county roads is assessed using surveys.

Icon for pdf Skid Resistance Strategy (PDF, 441.2kb)

    Safety inspections

    To make sure our roads are free from hazards, we do regular safety inspections, based on the road class, traffic use, characteristics of adjoining roads and local knowledge.

    CategoryGeneral descriptionFrequency
    2Non-motorway trunk and some principal A roads between primary destinations.one month
    3aMajor urban network and inter-primary links. Short-medium distance traffic.one month
    3bClassified road (B and C class) and unclassified urban bus routes carrying local traffic with frontage access and frequent junctions.one month
    4aRoads linking between category 3a and 3b roads with frontage access and frequent junctions.three months
    4bRoads serving limited number of properties carrying only access traffic.one year

    What happens next

    If a danger is identified during inspection, is noted and repairs arranged. It may result in patching, surface treatment, resurfacing or even full reconstruction, if the problem is serious enough.

    We must show that we are making best use of our property and assets and have an asset management plan for transport-related assets.The processes in the asset management plan are explained in our maintenance plan. 

    Let us know if you see a problem

    Contact us
    Customer Services
    03000 26 0000
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