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Roads Maintenance

West Lothian Council is responsible for maintaining an adopted road network consisting of 1043km (648 miles) of carriageways and 1390km of footways. We have an experienced team who are dedicated to providing a safe and reliable road network for West Lothian road users.

Our road network is maintained in line with best practice and the principles of the Well-managed highway infrastructure - Code of Practice, which are modified in the light of particular local circumstances and available resource.

More details can be found in our:

Inspections

Every year we undertake a programme of safety inspections covering the whole road network. Our busiest footways are also inspected and more details can be found in our pdf icon Road Asset Safety Inspection Manual [483kb]. In addition reactive inspections are undertaken when we are made aware of defects by members of the public.

Automated condition surveys are undertaken in line with the Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey programme. These are supplemented by visual surveys and the information is used in developing our maintenance programme.

Defect Reporting

You can report road and footway defects by using the online forms on this web site or by contacting the Council's 24 hour Customer Services Centre on 01506 280000. A brief description of the damage and the location is very useful in helping us identify the relevant defect.

Maintenance

When we find defects they are prioritised in accordance with our pdf icon Road Asset Safety Inspection Manual [483kb].

Where a road requires a lot of repair, or a surface has reached the end of its useful life this is planned maintenance and will be completed under the Capital Programme. We have an agreed funding package for ten years and a rolling three year programme of named schemes is in place.

The Scottish Road Works Online has information of all roadworks on our network including who is undertaking the work and for how long.

Dropped Crossings

Residents must get permission to install a dropped kerb. It is an offence to drive across a footpath without an authorised crossing and a lowered kerb. The use of ramps or other obstructions on the road is not acceptable. To apply for a dropped crossing simply contact the Council and one of our inspectors will check the suitability of the location.

The maximum width of a dropped crossing is 7.2m (equivalent to 6 kerbs and two transitions). The following reasons are grounds for the rejection of a dropped crossing application:

  • Proximity to junction
  • Location in a parking bay
  • Length of proposed drive, which must be 5m from the footway to the building.

Overhanging Vegetation

We would ask all landowners to ensure that plants, bushes and trees do not encroach over roads and pavements. It can be inconvenient and dangerous for pedestrians and cause damage to vehicles. The Council can take action on overhanging vegetation if it is causing an obstruction or poses a danger to road users.

M8 and M9 Motorway maintenance

Customers who wish to report new road defects, gritting issues, potholes, litter etc. on the M8 and M9 trunk roads should contact Amey via the following details:

The contract to maintain the M8 and M9 Motorways, slip roads and overbridges was awarded by Transport Scotland to Amey in August 2014 for a period of 6 years with an option to extend up to a maximum of eight years (Previously these trunk roads were maintained by BEAR Scotland).

Assets

The Roads Maintenance Team is responsible for maintaining:
  • Carriageways
  • Road Drainage
  • Road Markings & Road Studs
  • Textured Surfaces
  • Footways
  • Cycle Paths
  • Remote Footpaths
  • Safety fences
  • Pedestrian barriers
  • Bollards
  • Verge marker posts