FOI request detail

FOI Request - A30

Request ID: FOI-0007-2021
Date published: 23 April 2020

You asked

Dear Sir or Madam, Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act relating to a road your authority is responsible for maintaining. Specifically, my query relates to the A30, at roughly N51 27 55.91 W0 25 29.15 (next to the BP garage Great South-West Rd, Feltham TW14 0PR) Please can you send me: 1) A copy of your current road maintenance policy relating to that road. Please send me the full policy, but this should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out. 2) A copy of the road repair history for that road over the past year. Again, please send me the full road repair history, but this should include: - dates of all safety inspections between 01/10/2019 and 24/12/2019 - details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc) - details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time - details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0007-2021/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 2 April March 2020 asking for information about the A30.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

TfL’s road maintenance process relating to road safety inspections is detailed in the London Highways Alliance Contract, volume 2, service information (common) section 2.1. This includes the details of maximum time between identification and repairs.  This is attached.

The guidelines in which TfL operates road maintenance are detailed below:

TfL will ensure that the roads under its responsibility remain safe following the Well Maintained Highways Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance. The Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) is inspected on a regular basis, an effective way of assessing and recording the relative risks associated with potential circumstances of network condition. There are three categories of inspections – safety, service and condition and each of these inspections provide the basic information for addressing the core objectives of highway maintenance namely network safety, serviceability and sustainability. This information is used to develop maintenance programmes.

The repair history for the A30, Great South West Road, westbound between Hatton Road South to Duke Northumb River.

This includes all details of safety inspections, defects identified with description and date (we do not record the exact time), the defect type and the repair status. It also includes details of defects reported through the public enquiry manager.

The safety inspections on this section the A30 are carried out using a driven inspection once a week in a vehicle travelling at 20 mph and a walking inspection once per month.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Government has announced a series of measures to tackle the Coronavirus. It is essential for London, and in particular for all critical workers, that we continue to provide a safe transport network that enables them to make the journeys they need to.

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Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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