Highway Law - Advanced


Endorsed by CIHT for CPD                                                                                                                                                   Approved by IHE

Also available as an online training course.

Please note the online version of this training course will be split into modules.


Not only do changes in statute affect the manner in which we deal with highway issues, case law makes us re-examine working practices. This course will discuss the various ways in which the rights of way over a highway are ogrnaised by a highway authority and the effect on members of the public.

It will examine the duties of the highway auhtority, including maintenance as well as the discretionary powers of improvement and the role of council officers and members in the decision making process. The course will inlucde interesting and unusual case law, statutory provisions and recent cases that could affect working practices. 

Aims & Objectives:

This course has been specifically designed for those who have practical experience of highway issues. Topics will be dealt with in detail and delegates are encouraged to participate from their personal experience. Case law updates as well as interpretation of existing statutory provisions will be considered in detail. Duties of a local highway authority and the manner in which a highway authority takes decisions will also be discussed. 

Course Outline:

  • Adoption of highways - Dedication, Private Street Works, the Advance Payments Code and section 38 Agreements.
  • Extinguishment and Diversion of Highways - Highway and Planning Act Powers.
  • Development and Highways - Agreements under Section 278 Highways Act and relevant case law.
  • Highway Maintenance - Duties in relation to maintenance and repair and the special defence. 
  • Improvement of Highway - General powers, street lighting, tree planting and other amenities. 
  • Lawful and Unlawful Interference - Protection of Public rights, damage and danger and annoyance to users of highways.
  • Schemes and Orders - Sections 14 and 125 Highways Act 1980 Compensation and statutory rights to compensate when claims can be rejected. 
  • Legal Challenges - Issues that will make an authority vulnerable to challenge, Judicial Review.

Mode of Delivery:

  • Initial Assessment
  • Detailed consideration of course notes 
  • Interactive Exercises 
  • Discussion 
  • Feedback Activity 

Benefits of Attending:

  • For practical purposes, participants will gain an update to date knowledge of highway law.
  • The interaction with others attending the seminar in similar positions will have a beneficial effect. 

Intended For:

  • Those who have practical experience of highway issues. 

Pre-Course Requirements:

  • Clear understanding and experience of highway issues. 
All our courses can be offered as in-house training