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Roads, traffic and transport

We are responsible for maintaining the roads, streets and pavements of highways in the borough, as well as road signs, speed limits, and traffic management. We also manage vehicle inspections, MOT tests and offer road safety advice to all road users.

Pavement improvement works Toggle accordion

As part of our highway investment programme, we’re improving a number of local pavements in Barking and Dagenham - which might cause you some temporary disruption.

To help the works run smoothly, our contractors need the roads to be free of vehicles, so there will be parking restrictions in place between 7.30am and 5.30pm for the duration of the works.

Any vehicles parked on the roads during these times are at risk of being removed, so please make sure you organise alternative parking arrangements during these hours.

The day your bin is collected won’t change, but collections will take place before 7.30am, so please make sure you put your bins out the night before your regular collection day.

Planned works schedule

29 October 2018Valence Wood RoadFor 14 weeks
7 January 2019Coote RoadFor 3 weeks
14 January 2019Connor RoadFor 4 weeks
11 February 2019Curzon CrescentFor 5 weeks
11 March 2019Radford WayFor 2 weeks

If you have any questions, please contact our contractor:

Marlborough Surfacing

020 7749 9748

Vehicle inspections and MOTs Toggle accordion

As well as maintaining all council vehicles, as part of our drive to provide quality services to residents our fleet workshop is open for business to the public for routine services, vehicle inspections and MOT testing.

MOT tests and pre-MOT checks

We provide MOT tests and pre-MOT checks for:

Class 1

  • Motorcycles (up to 200cc)

Class 2

  • Motorcycles (all motorcycles)

Class 4

  • Cars and light vans
  • Ambulances and taxis
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)

Class 7

  • Goods vehicles over 3,000 kg up to 3,500 kg DGW (design gross weight)

Prices and booking

For more information, prices and booking, contact the Fleet Management Team on 020 8227 5866.

Credit/debit card payments are accepted, and prices may change without prior notice.


Fleet Workshop, Frizlands Depot, Rainham Road North, Dagenham RM10 7HX

020 8227 5866

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Mini motos, mopeds, gopeds, scramblers and electric scooters 

Many parents, young people and other riders are unaware of either the dangers or offences that may be committed on mini motorbikes and electric scooters.

Mini motos, mopeds, gopeds, scramblers and electric scooters are motor vehicles for the purpose of the Road Traffic Act and therefore the following legal requirements apply to them:

  • riders must be aged 16 or over
  • riders must hold a relevant driving licence (a learner driver must also display L-plates)
  • riders must have passed their compulsory basic training
  • the vehicle must be registered with the DVLA, insured and taxed
  • riders must wear protective helmets, hold a MOT certificate and display a number plate

Mini motos, mopeds, gopeds, scramblers and electric scooters cannot be used in public parks, estates, pavements or open spaces (without the permission of the appropriate authorities). They can only be used on private land with the direct permission of the owner, and provided noise is not excessive.

If a motor vehicle is used in a manner which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress it may be seized by the police under the Police Reform Act 2002. Once it has been seized, the owner must pay a fee currently of £105 plus a £12 daily storage charge. After 21 days the vehicle may be destroyed. Offenders can be subject to prosecution, with a fine of up to £1,000.

Police and community support officers can also issue an £80 fixed penalty notice when the behaviour is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Information about the misuse of these machines can be used to obtain antisocial behaviour orders, injunctions or other court orders against perpetrators who cause harassment, alarm or distress in the misuse of such machines.

Council and registered social landlords may consider the misuse of mini motos, mopeds, gopeds, scramblers and electric scooters as a breach of the conditions of their tenancy and start possession proceedings.

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The Transport Development Management Team is responsible for:

  • making statutory consultation responses on highway-related elements of planning applications
  • making sure that a consistent approach is used when implementing national and local transport policies
  • considering how development proposals will affect the highways and transportation infrastructure
  • making recommendations on applications to the Planning Authority
  • providing advice during the pre-application stage
  • giving guidance on Transport Assessments and Transport Statements

The team represents the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham as the highway authority when dealing with developers. It is responsible for section 38 agreements and other consents required by the Highways Act 1980.

Transport Development Management Team

Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

020 8227 3940


Winter road maintenance Toggle accordion

Gritting and snow clearance

We have a legal responsibility to maintain clear and safe passage along the highway, including clearing snow and ice during adverse weather conditions. Snow clearance involves implementing extensive emergency plans. During these times, we will use all of our resources available to clear roads affected in the shortest time possible.

We have 4 gritting vehicles with ploughs and our own salt barn. On a typical frosty evening, gritting operations will begin at 7.30pm and will cover an average of 100 miles of major roads in the borough. The average length of a snow plough route is 26 miles.

In certain extreme conditions, it may be necessary to spread a mixture of salt and grit to achieve road traction, particularly in the case of compacted snow.

Our winter maintenance policy

Winter maintenance policy

What we do

To deal with winter weather, we do the following:

  • spread rock salt to prevent ice from forming during frosty conditions (pre-salting)
  • spread rock salt to melt ice and snow that has already formed (post-salting)
  • clear snow and ice from pavements and public spaces
  • start snow ploughing when 50mm of snow has fallen and continues to fall

Our aim is to clear all priority roads of snow as soon as conditions permit and clearance work will continue as necessary

We give the highest priority to main roads, public transport access routes, access to hospitals and hills with high volumes of traffic.

We try to hand grit areas such as shopping parades, stations, school roads and medical centres if the weather is prolonged or severe.

Winter maintenance service plan

This service plan details how we deliver our winter maintenance service. The appendices show a list of streets travelled and a map for each gritting route:

Winter maintenance plan (PDF, 1.11 MB)

These routes are routinely gritted as a precaution:

Primary gritting route 1 map (PDF, 96 KB)
Primary gritting route 2 map (PDF, 754 KB)
Primary gritting route 3 map (PDF, 938 KB)

These routes are gritted as a precaution before severe weather conditions:

Secondary gritting route 1 map (PDF, 731 KB)
Secondary gritting route 2 map (PDF, 687 KB)
Secondary gritting route 3 map (PDF, 1.11 MB)

In the event of severe weather conditions, or if we are running low on gritting salt, we will switch to these emergency gritting routes:

Emergency resilience route 1 map (PDF, 554 KB)
Emergency resilience route 2 map (PDF, 316 KB)
Emergency resilience route 3 map (PDF, 517 KB)
Emergency resilience route 4 map (PDF, 765 KB)

What you can do

Follow these tips when it snows to help yourself and your neighbours stay safe:

  • shovel snow when it is fresh, as it is much easier to remove at this stage rather than after it has been compacted into ice by people walking on it
  • do not use hot water to melt snow as this could create black ice
  • help clear snow from your neighbour’s path or doorway if they aren’t able to do this themselves
  • if you’re shovelling snow, consider where you are going to put it so that it does not block people’s paths or block drainage channels, as this could cause a problem elsewhere
  • once you’ve cleared an area of snow, spread salt to help prevent ice forming; table salt or dishwasher salt will work fine, use a tablespoon for each square metre you clear.
  • if you don’t have any salt, a little sand or ash is a reasonable substitute; it will not have the same de-icing properties as salt but should offer grip underfoot
  • use the sun to your advantage: removing the top layer of snow will allow the sun to melt any ice beneath; you will need to cover any ice with salt to stop it refreezing overnight
  • pay particular care and attention to steps and steep gradients to ensure snow and ice is removed. You might need to apply additional salt to these areas

Residents cannot visit the depot to ask for salt and grit in any situation. We use a product that is salt and grit mixed with molasses. This helps us work more effectively so the treatment sticks to the carriageway. It is only for council use.

More information on preparing for emergencies.

Highways surveys and highway inspectors Toggle accordion

Highways surveys

Highways surveys are inspections of our roads and pavements, carried out by a contractor to give us an overview of the general condition of our highways.


The survey of the carriageways is known as a coarse visual inspection (CVI) and is carried out from a slow moving vehicle. It's used to record the presence of defective areas of the carriageway. Conditions are noted every 20 metres and this enables the recording of such defects as cracking, crazing and rutting.

CVI surveys are performed to national standards and in accordance with best practice. They are intended to allow rapid assessment of the network and can assist with the appointment of budgets for future maintenance works.

View a map of the 2015 to 2016 carriageway inspection results

Carriage way inspection results map 2015 to 2016


Footway maintenance surveys look at the condition of the footways network and record different types of defective areas on a footway.

A footway inventory is recorded as a surface type (tarmac/paving stones/modular/block paving/mixed) with a width and the results are given as a percentage defectiveness. Defects are categorised as being either major or minor by surface type and expressed as an area with a cause of the defect.

View a map of the 2015 to 2016 footway maintenance survey results

Footway maintenance survey map 2015 to 2016

Highway inspectors

Highway inspectors carry out regular inspections of all the roads and footways in the borough to make sure there is free, safe and clearly marked passage. Inspections are carried out from every 2 weeks to once a year, depending on the type of road and how much it is used.

The inspectors will make sure that any dangerous defects on the highway are repaired and pass on reports on the condition of highways to our planned maintenance team.

Inspectors will look for:

  • carriageway defects
  • footway defects
  • defective/redundant street furniture including dirty signs, bollards
  • missing/broken seating
  • defective road markings
  • overgrown hedges, illegal crossings, advertising boards/illegal signs on highway
  • obstructions on footway or carriageway
  • blocked gullies
  • flooding
  • statutory undertaker defects
  • fly tipping
  • fly posting
  • weeds
  • signing and guarding on all highway works

The inspectors will take action against any person who obstructs or prevents passage along the highway.

Footpaths and bridleways

Highway inspectors will ensure that public rights of way such as footpaths and bridleways are open and safe for use, free from obstruction and clearly marked. They are responsible for checking that works requested of owners/occupiers of land (for example the repair of stiles and clearance of crops) have been carried out to a suitable standard.

Highway management

Local Highways Maintenance Funding - Budget 2018

In November 2018 The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget 2018, the government was allocating £420 million in the 2018/19 financial year for local highways maintenance. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was allocated £420,000 by the Department for Transport (DfT) for local highways maintenance to help repair damage to the local road network in the 2018/19 financial year.

The grant was used to complement the current carriageway and footway maintenance work carried out by the borough resulting in a greater number of repairs being carried out than might otherwise have been possible.

A programme of repairs was produced and this money was used to address current potholes in road surfaces, as well as to help prevent others from forming. This repair programme was completed by the end of March 2019. The programme drawn up was based on highway inspector local knowledge. This information helps identify where localised defects are located and depending on the size and nature of the defect present, a remedial treatment will be carried out.

Travel information Toggle accordion

Help and advice for getting around by public transport and traffic information for drivers.

Buses, tubes and trains

Transport for London (TFL)

Traveline - journey planner

C2C Railways - Trains between London, Barking and Southend

Traffic and roads