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RE: Height clearance over highway

Subject: RE: Height clearance over highway
From: Alastair Durkin
Date: Mar 03 2021 15:38:45
The statute is contained within s154 of the Highways Act 1980. There is no 
height mentioned. I assume that the reason for this (quite rightly) is that 
they did not want to predict to what height vehicles would be on any given 
stretch of road as time went on, and that has worked quite well as its 41 
years since the Act went through Parliament. 

You will find guidance for different types of road on each Highway Authority 
website but it does vary. For example, Surrey County Council state:

Footpaths  - 2.3m
D Roads - 5.4m+
B & C Roads - 6m+
A Roads - 7m+

So I would look on the website of the specific local authority and go with 
that.

Alastair


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Subject: Re: Height clearance over highway


Normally 5.2m over the public highway and 2.7m over a public footpath.

Always fun for TOs or tree managers/owners when a bus route or highway is 
closed and traffic is redirected down roads where trees have been left for 
decades/forever to encroach into the highway clearance zone !!!!!

Paul




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