An Introduction to Highway Law
focuses on the law relating to the creation, upkeep, development and ownership of highways, including the powers and duties of highway authorities, the rights of users of the highway and of those who own land around the highway. This new edition takes full account of legislation and caselaw since 2007 when the third edition was published.
- Provides an overview of all aspects highway law, from dedication and adoption, through maintenance responsibilities, obstruction of highways, drainage and traffic regulation to diversions and extinguishments
- Defines ‘highway’ and related terms, including ‘road’, ‘street’, unadopted highway, motorway, private way and footpath
- Examines the issues surrounding the creation of highways, including the dedication of a right of way
- Describes the duty to maintain highways and bridges, including drainage, lighting, street furniture and specific issues relating to railway and canal bridges
- Discusses the liability of the Highway Authority for accidents on the highway
- Examines the ownership of highways, public rights of passage and obstruction of the highway.
- Considers the issues faced when making improvements to highways and the construction of new roads
- Describes the powers and responsibilities of the statutory undertakers in laying services in streets and the provisions of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and the Traffic Management Act 2004
- Explains how the Road Traffic Acts regulate who can drive on the roads and describes the powers to make traffic orders
- Defines rights of way, including footpaths, bridleways and byways and the legislation that regulates their use and maintenance
- Covers the diversion and extinguishment of highways and public rights of way
- Includes Tables of Statutes, SIs and Cases
The author qualified as a solicitor in 1970 and worked for local government in four counties for twenty years before entering private practice in the West Midlands in 1991. Since then he has advised clients on highway problems in both the public and the private sector.