Road and pavement maintenance works
Network Recovery Plan (road and pavement maintenance)
The Network Recovery Plan (NRP) is Barnet Council's investment programme covering all aspects of Barnet's highways network, from road and pavements to bridges, road marking and crossings.
The aim of the NRP is to maximise the percentage of highway which is treated and ensure their longevity with the available funds. The maintenance programme saves on costly short-term repairs and means roads and pavements can be used for safe, reliable travel in the long term.
There are a variety of treatment types that we use to improve your roads and pavements.
Road resurfacing (traditional resurfacing)
This is a very effective treatment as it provides complete renewal of the surface. This treatment is used for roads that are in a state of more severe deterioration and require a full replacement.
Resurfacing requires taking off the existing surface of the road before a bitumen layer is laid, followed by a new surface. The depth of the area being treated is dependent on the condition of the road and could comprise several layers of material.
This treatment type is used where the road is found to be in too bad condition for alternative treatment types such as micro-asphalt and it is considered more appropriate to completely re-surface.
Below is a before-and-after example of resurfacing treatment carried out to Hendon Wood Lane EN5.
Pavement treatment types
Works to pavements are carried out in a variety of treatments. The treatment type is chosen based on a number of local factors such as:
- likelihood of cars parking or driving over the pavements
- whether the site is within a conservation area
- location of trees
- proximity to town centres.
Residential streets (type 3 material)
As agreed at the Environment Committee on the 15 March 2017 (item no.13), the Network Recovery Plan will be using a Micro Asphalt treatment with crossover areas built in small block paving as the preferred treatment type.
This treatment within residential areas is more flexible to withstand vehicle run over and movement caused by tree routes. This means that it maintains a smoother surface which is safer for residents rather than paving slabs that are more susceptible to cracking and causing trip hazards.
It is illegal to drive onto or over pavements if there is not a designated cross over/dropped kerb. For residents wanting to build a crossover outside their property, please visit the vehicle cross over web page.
Conservation areas and town centres (type 1 material)
In town centres, it is important for us to keep the paving slabs that are in keeping with the area. In conservation areas, if we feel that an alternative treatment type to the paving slabs is most beneficial we will consult with Local ward councillors prior to any works starting.
Road and pavement works
Day works will be conducted between the hours of 8am and 5pm, with any night works taking place between 8pm and 5am; our aim is always that the noisiest work is completed before midnight to minimise disruption.
Please note that the works can be dependent on the weather, please take note of street signs for any last-minute changes.
Advanced warning signs and temporary barriers will be erected, with notices being distributed in the weeks leading up to the works to remind you of expected work times.
- make note of their approach to your property frontage and ensure your vehicle is parked elsewhere before they arrive
- park your vehicle elsewhere on the day before works begin in order to allow full access to the pavement to carry out the works
Our contractors are happy to answer any questions to help inform you of their progress as best possible, for anything else please contact the Highways Correspondence Team using the contact details provided below.
Our programme of works for 2023/24 was agreed at the Barnet Environment and Climate Change Committee on 25 January 2023.
The below schemes will be scheduled for repair between April 2023 and March 2024:
How we choose which road/footway to fix
The work programme is developed every financial year using an independent condition assessment survey company.
Using the latest technology, they undertake a survey of every road and pavement in the borough and record its condition, defined to a national standard.
When developing the yearly programme, consideration is given to location in relation to places of education and worship. In the case of footways, the surveys also consider where footway deterioration was evident due to tree root protrusion.
This risk-based asset management approach ensures that we maximise our investment by prioritising those roads and pavements in most need of repair.
Schemes are prioritised based on their known condition.
Partial repairs to the road / pavement
Roads and pavements can differ in condition along their length and the entire road or pavement might not require repair.
In order to achieve the best value for the investment, using the asset management approach, we may only repair part of a road or pavement that was identified in the condition survey as in need of repair or replacement.
Using this approach, we may only resurface / relay the footway on one side of the road only.
Patching is also used where the defective length of:
- road is less than 100 meters
- pavement is less than 60 meters
This was agreed at the 13 January 2022 Environment Committee.
Apply to have your kerb lowered or extended prior to planned footway works
For residents wishing to have a new crossover constructed or existing one altered as part of these planned works, visit the crossover web page for further information and applications.
You can search your street for live information on programmed or utility works being carried out via Transport for London’s (TFL) London Works page.
Some of the treatment types that we use are weather dependent and may cause a change to the start date. If a delayed start is required, you will receive a letter to inform you of a revised work start.
Please also take note of the notices put up along your street.
Lift and shift of vehicles
When works are taking place, full access to pavements and roads is needed. For this reason, residents and road users will be informed of planned start times and when there will be restrictions for road use and for parking.
Residents will receive a letter, the road will have notices and cars will be leafleted in order to target all potential road users.
There may be occasions when some road users will not receive or have sight of these communications and in these cases a lift and shift vehicle to move the cars that remain in the locations in order to complete the works is required.
Lift and shift will not incur a charge to residents but we encourage residents to move their own vehicles.
If your vehicle has been relocated, please contact J M Clark Ltd directly by calling 0800 014 6241 or by email email@example.com
- call 020 8359 3555, Monday to Thursday 9am to 5:15pm, Friday 9am to 5pm
- email Highways Correspondence