Within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, the following Highway Authorities undertake the management of our road network:
– Staffordshire County Council
– Stoke-on-Trent City Council
– Highways England (covering strategic roads nationally including motorways and key A roads in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent)
The Highway Authorities routinely monitor road collision records to help identify trends where engineering improvements may be beneficial. Examples of engineering improvements include localised road/junction realignment, improved lighting, or changes to signing and lining arrangements.
Forward engineering programmes are developed by looking at which schemes could potentially reduce collisions, and where there is funding available. Funding for engineering improvements mainly comes from the annual government grant and contributions secured from private developers through the local planning process.
Provision can also be made for road safety schemes in places where local communities have significant concerns.
Engineering improvements will therefore normally fall within one of the following categories:
– Data-led schemes – where collision statistics have identified a treatable pattern in collisions
– Community-led schemes – where road safety concerns raised by our communities are addressed as a preventative measure
– Further details of schemes approved for delivery can be found on the website of the relevant highway authority.