Bridges and structures

We have a replacement programme for bridges and structures on Rights of Way.


Structures include boardwalks and retaining walls which support the Public Right of Way. We are often asked who is responsible for structures across streams and rivers - this information should help you.

We are responsible for the maintenance of bridges carrying a public path crossing natural water courses.

Either the landowner or us will be responsible for the maintenance of bridges crossing man-made ditches.

Where public rights go across a bridge used as vehicular access to premises we may seek a contribution for its up keep.

I have reported that a bridge is required - how long will it take to provide the bridge?
It will depend on the location and size of the structure. Sometimes we have to wait until crops are harvested or ground conditions are correct. A large structure may cost a considerable some of money. We will provide you with a timescale for the provision of a bridge.

If there is a danger to the public we will close the path. For more details on closures please read our temporary closures page.

The bridge only requires a handrail - will this take a long time to do?
With small repairs we will carry out the work within a few weeks. If there is a likelihood of injury to the public then we will carry out the repairs immediately, or, in extreme situations close the path immediately in the interests of public safety.

To report a defective bridge or retaining wall please use our highways report form (opens in a new window).

If you wish to report another type of problem on a public right of way please read Reporting a Problem.