Highways in England and Wales

In the common law of England and Wales, a highway occurs where there is a public right of passage over land at all times "without let or hindrance" that follows a particular route. Thus, an area of common land or a village green will not be a highway, although it may contain one.

There are three kinds:-

Highways are vital for tenants and landowners because most property needs a means of access from the public highway. A property with no such means of access is called "landlocked", which has serious consequences for its value and use.

The main statute governing highways is the Highways Act 1980. This gives responsibility for most highways to local councils, although trunk roads lie directly with the Secretary of State.

A highway may be created in law by:-

Hubbard, Tom. On the Road to Nowhere. Estates Gazette no. 1130, 30 July 2011. pp53-54. Reed Business Information.

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