The County Highway Maps
Information regarding the adopted Highway network is not available on-line. However, the Highway Records Maps are available for public inspection; they are kept in a Room within Main Reception at Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester (GL1 2TG for sat.nav). The Map Room is open during Main Reception opening hours (8.30am - 5pm, Monday - Friday).
If required, a guidance leaflet on how to use the resources is available in the Map Room (Map Room User Guide). If, on arrival, you have any queries about the Road Records or 'Con29 Enquiries of a Local Authority' searches, please complete the relevant Enquiry Form and hand it to Reception staff (with any appropriate payment as advised on the Form), who will then forward the enquiry to Highway Records. Alternatively, if you wish to make an appointment to see either the Road Records (or Public Rights of Way) staff, please ring us beforehand on 01452 328977 or 328980.
The highway maps are the basis for the maintenance of the highway network, which is carried out by the County Council, as the local Highway Authority. They are kept in a number of large volumes of Ordnance Survey sheets, split into the following geographical areas: Stroud, Forest, Northern, North Cotswold, South Cotswold, Gloucester City and Cheltenham Borough. They show all the publicly maintainable highways in the County, mostly at a scale of 1:10,000; although some larger scale maps are available for urban areas.
You can tell whether a road is classified (A/class 1, B/class 2, and C/class 3) or unclassified (classes 4 and 5) and its highway number. In addition, class 6 highways are shown - these are usually maintained by the County Council to pedestrian standards. Please note that the Cheltenham and Gloucester maps do not show the classifications; however, if required, this information can be requested from Highway Records.
Newly constructed roads and paths will not be included on the maps until have been 'adopted' by the County Council; a list is also kept in the Map Room which details highways that have been recently adopted, but are not yet shown on the Maps.
For a view of the whole publicly maintainable highway network across the County, the highway maps should be used together with the Definitive Maps of Public Rights of Way, which are kept in the same map area.
Information on highway extents
Unlike the Definitive Maps of Public Rights of Way, the road records are not 'conclusive evidence as to what they contain' because they were not submitted for local consultation when they were compiled in the 1930's. In addition, the small scale of the maps means that they cannot be used for determining the status of small areas or strips of land. Enquiries about the exact extent of the highway are likely to involve site inspection and the evaluation of early Ordnance Survey information and other documents held by the County Archivist. We are happy to carry out this research on your behalf, if you send us a scale plan showing the area in question. However, please contact us in advance so that any charges can be agreed.
Charges for general Highway Records information
Please see our charges here: 2018/19 List of Charges
Please note that VAT is payable on the majority of our charges.
Con29 Enquiries of the Local Authority
Please see our Con29 pages for more information.