Highways provide public rights of way to much of the land in England and Wales.  Please click for our Background note on Highways Law. 

Questions we can help with include:

• Whether public use over time has created a public right of way – in other words a highway

• Can action by a landowner, for example by putting up notices, prevent the creation of a highway?

• Must a highway be maintained by the local authority? 

• Has legislation ended the public right of way for motor vehicles over a particular road or track?

• What is the significance of the Definitive Map and Statement?

• Does a highway, when it crosses open land, have to follow a precise route? 

• What powers does the local authority have over highways? 

• If someone is injured, because a public road has not been properly maintained, is the local authority required to pay compensation?

• How can public rights of way over land be ended? 

Click to go to our Initial enquiry page

Other pages which may help you: Private rights of way, Ransom strips, Restrictive covenants.

For our print publishing website, please see www.barsby.com, and for our website which provides support for residents in private roads, see: www.privateroads.co.uk.

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