Walls, structures and bridges

Highway walls

Retaining walls within the highway boundary are classified as follows:

  1. those, which directly support the highway or support an embankment carrying the highway are referred to as “Burr Walls”;
  2. those, which support land and / or property, which are alongside and above the level of the highway, are referred to as “Retaining Walls”.

Report it online

Problems can be reported online:

Report damage to a bridge or wall

Responsibility for maintenance

Generally the following rules apply:

  1. Burr walls that were provided when the highway was constructed are the responsibility of Calderdale Council for maintenance;
  2. Burr walls provided when the road was altered in line or level for private needs e.g. housing, canal, railway etc. are the responsibility of the adjoining landowner;
  3. Retaining walls, which support land above the highway, are the responsibility of the landowner for maintenance.

To report damaged or dangerous retaining walls contact Building Control

To report damaged or dangerous burr walls please contact:

  • Username Highways & Engineering
  • Telephone 01422 288002

Bridges and structures

Calderdale Council is responsible for the majority of highway bridges and culverts throughout the borough. However, a significant number are owned and maintained by other organisations, such as the Highways Agency for the motorway, Network Rail for rail bridges, Rail Property (most disused railway lines) and British Waterways Board for the Rochdale Canal and Calder Hebble Navigation.

Calderdale Council maintains records of all these structures and can direct queries about a particular structure to the owner or organisation concerned. It also manages its own structures through programmes of inspection and maintenance. Inspections are carried out on a two yearly cycle so we are reliant on reports from highway users to advise us of accident damage or an unexpected problem with a structure.

Report it online

Problems can be reported online:

Report damage to a bridge or wall

If you have an enquiry about a bridge or structure in Calderdale please contact:

  • Username Highways & Engineering
  • Telephone 01422 288002