Highway District - Changes in Legislation

Changes in Legislation

The Highways and Locomotives Amendment Act 1878 created a new class of highway – the main road. The Act provided that all former turnpike roads that had become public highways since 1870 were designated as main roads. Other main roads were to be those between "great towns" and those leading to railway stations. In addition any other highway could be declared a main road by the justices of the county in quarter sessions. Half the cost of maintaining main roads was to be borne by the county at large.

In 1889 the Local Government Act passed responsibility for main roads to the new county councils, who were to bear all of the cost of their upkeep. The highway boards continued to have responsibility for highways other than main roads.

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