Highway maintenance

We are responsible for maintaining 1,250km (780 miles) of roads and pavements of adopted highway (technically known as carriageways and footways respectively).

Maintaining the highway network involves assessing its condition, identifying problems and then prioritising and carrying out the most appropriate work with the resources.

Further information can be found in the highway inspections policy and highway asset management page.

Highway maintenance programme

The programme is determined from priorities set by various considerations including independent condition surveys, technical officer assessment and recognition of views received from the public.

Although the programme represents the current assessment of priorities, it should be noted that the funding available will determine the final programme and emerging issues may need to be considered from time to time.

The highways maintenance programme shows an indicative break down of how the next 3 year's highway maintenance budgets will be spent.

Sometimes, the Department for Transport makes additional funds available for highways maintenance works. The Additional funding for highways page has more details of how additional funds have been spent.

Highway structural maintenance programme 2021/22

Start dates to be confirmed unless stated otherwise.


Resurfacing is the traditional replacement of existing road surface with new, usually restricted to the upper layers of the road construction. Due to budget restraints this type of work is generally carried out on our classified road network and only used on our unclassified (residential) Roads as a last resort.

Works planned for:

  • A341 Wimborne Road (Ferncroft Road to Northbourne roundabout)
  • A35 Commercial Road (Civic Centre Gyratory to Church Road signal junction)
  • A35 Christchurch Road (Centenary Way to Southbourne Road)
  • Stanpit (Somerford roundabout to Argyle Road) - starts 14 February
  • Holdenhurst Road (Station roundabout to Harrison Avenue)
  • Yarrow Road roundabout - works complete
  • Elphinstone Road (Highcliffe) - starts 21 February
  • Edward Road (Somerford) - starts 18 February
  • St Annes Avenue (Southbourne) - starts 1 March
  • Mossley Avenue (Scott Road to Astbury Avenue) - starts 7 March
  • St Osmunds Road (Glengariff Road to Alton Road East) - starts 8 March
  • Elm Avenue (Fairmile)Norwood Place (Pokesdown) - starts 28 February
  • Chessel Avenue (Boscombe Overcliff Drive to Beechwood Avenue) - starts 4 March
  • Ensbury Park Road - work starts 10 January 2022
  • Poole Hill - works complete.

Current resurfacing work

A section of the A35 Christchurch Road from the roundabout adjacent to bus station to a point near to but not including the signal junction at Seabourne Road is scheduled to be resurfaced as the latest scheme to be funded as part of the Challenge Fund. From Monday 10 January, in preparation for the resurfacing, we’ll be carrying out a series of overnight investigation works along:

  • Christchurch Road (from Boscombe bus station to Pokesdown railway station)
  • Ashley Road (from Boscombe to Tower Road)
  • As well as a short distance into the side roads.

Works will take place over 7 nights (Mon to Fri, Mon to Tuesday 18 January). This will require overnight closures on some minor side roads as well as temporary two way traffic lights on Christchurch Road. The work in the side roads will continue during the days on 19th to 21st January.

Preparation works, including repairs to drainage and kerbs will be taking place over the next 10 weeks with the expectation that we will be in a position to start to resurface the carriageway on the 21 February. Full details regarding traffic management, bus services and how it will affect local businesses and residents will be provided as part of a comprehensive comms splash nearer the time.

Preventative maintenance

Preventative Maintenance is extending the life of the existing road surface by preventing pot holes and follows department for transport guidance that 'prevention is better than cure'. Surface treatments are laid directly on top of the existing road without removing the original material.

Micro asphalt

Also referred to as ‘Slurry Surfacing’, micro asphalt is a cost effective treatment that protects the existing road surface with the application of a thin layer of asphalt. After the road is patch repaired, micro asphalt is applied as a quick drying wet slurry and serves to prevent pot holes and helps regulate or smooth out some of the bumpier roads. This process is commonly used where a surface dressing or carriageway sealing solution is not appropriate. The work is carried out using road closures effective from 8am to 6pm.Works have now been completed in the roads below.

Over the next few weeks our lining contractor will reinstate any missing road markings. Please note this is taking a little longer than normal because it requires dry weather for the material to adhere to the road surface. All original road markings will be replaced.

  • Boscombe Cliff Road (Boscombe)
  • Boscombe Overcliff Drive (Boscombe)
  • Southbourne Overcliff Drive (Southbourne)
  • B3059 Parkwood Road (Southbourne)
  • B3059 Woodside Road (Southbourne)
  • Southbourne Coast Road (Southbourne)
  • Warren Edge Close (Southbourne) 
  • Warren Edge Road (Southbourne) 
  • Wick Lane (Southbourne) 
  • Salterns Road 
  • Britannia Road 
  • Nea Close (Highcliffe)
  • Forest Close (Highcliffe)
  • Avon Road East (Jumpers Common) 
  • Avon Road West (Jumpers Common)
  • Fenton Road (Southbourne)
  • Kimberley Road (Southbourne)
  • Stamford Road (Southbourne)
  • Paisley Road (Southbourne)
  • Seafield Road
  • Stourwood Avenue
  • Beechey Road
  • Durley Chine Road South
  • Chine Crescent Road
  • Worthington Crescent (Parkstone)
  • Christopher Crescent
  • Greenfield Road
  • Old Farm Road (the section from the junction of Dale Valley Road will be completed later in 21/22. The section from Moor View Road to the end of the cul de sac is not part of the Micro Asphalt programme)
  • Moor View Road. 

Please note that because the work is weather dependant, start dates may be subject to change.

Surface dressing

Surface dressing is a cost effective means of preventing water penetration, improving skid resistance and arresting the disintegration of the carriageway, typically using a bituminous layer with one or more layers of small stone chippings laid over the top. This work is generally focused on our unclassified road network but can be used on main roads. The final programme for this can be affected by utility and developer activity. 

No surface dressing works are planned for 2021/22.

Carriageway sealing (asphalt preservation)

A quick, cost effective method of preventative maintenance by extending the lifespan of the existing road surface by enriching the asphalt and preventing water ingress. The material sets rapidly in all but the very warmest weather conditions and the process is normally completed within hours. 

Works planned for:

  • Rosley Close (Highcliffe)
  • Terrington Avenue (Highcliffe)
  • Firshill (Highcliffe)
  • Laurel Close (Highcliffe)
  • Rothesay Drive (Highcliffe)
  • Birchwood Drive (Highcliffe)
  • Woodhayes Avenue (Highcliffe)
  • Cranemoor Avenue (Highcliffe)
  • Cranemoor Gardens (Highcliffe)
  • Cranemoor Close (Highcliffe)
  • De Montfort Road (Merley)
  • Layard Drive (Merley)
  • Rosamund Drive (Merley)
  • Huntingdon Drive (Merley)
  • Merley Gardens (Merley)
  • Mimosa Avenue (Merley)
  • Longspee Avenue (Merley).

Special drainage

Schemes to help alleviate surface water flooding on the Highway, various sites involving investigation and mitigation measures if appropriate. Please note that funding for such schemes is under extreme pressure and can result in a very long waiting period before implementation. All cases are assessed individually with priority given to those considered to be at greatest risk. We are only responsible for the maintenance of it's highways drainage assets and not responsible for protecting private property. 

Small footway schemes

The refurbishment or slurry sealing (pot hole prevention) of footway only.

Start dates to be announced soon.

  • Coombe Avenue - starts 17 February
  • Redhill Drive - starts 3 February
  • Redhill Close - starts 8 February
  • Pine Vale Crescent - starts 31 January
  • Frensham Close - starts 2 February
  • Barnes Road - starts 15 February
  • St Thomas Close - starts 8 February
  • Western Avenue - starts 9 February
  • Draycott Road - starts 11 February
  • Kingswell Road - starts 8 March
  • Kinson Road - starts 17 March
  • Donnington Drive Estate - starts 29 March.

The programme of works listed above is subject to constant review depending on out turn costs of individual schemes, changing priorities indicated by routine highway inspections, or particularly adverse deterioration due to factors such as severe winter weather, flooding, etc. All dates are provisional and subject to change.

If you need to get in touch about any of the above, please email