Oldham Council views the highway network as a valuable community asset. 

Well maintained roads are important for our residents and businesses to be able to travel easily and safely and provide good access for communities across the borough. 

The maintenance of the network in an appropriate condition is a primary concern and we’ve altered our asset management strategy to tackle issues across the network based on both condition and usage.

  • Oldham’s highway condition is comparable with other Greater Manchester authorities.
  • Oldham Council has invested £20m in highways maintenance since 2011.
  • Oldham has adopted a preventative approach to highway maintenance. This approach targets highways that are not currently in need of full structural renewal in order to achieve the best results in the most cost effective way. These highways will have their life extended using suitable surfacing methods.
  • Oldham is investing a greater proportion of the available budget to treat roads in the early stages of deterioration.
  • There is a 5-year rolling maintenance programme on the Gateway Corridor routes (9 main A roads), which began in 2012-13.
  • There is a 5-year rolling maintenance programme on the Secondary Corridor routes (remainder of the classified network), which began in 2014-15.
  • The remainder of the network (unclassified roads) is maintained on a risk-based approach and reactive works will be carried out using available funding.