Quick Answer: Is An Unadopted Road A Public Right Of Way?

Is an unadopted road a public road?


Unadopted or private roads are basically roads which, while they may be public rights of way, do not actually belong to the public road network.

In other words, they are not owned by the local authority – normally the County Council.

There are tens of thousands of such roads all over England and Wales.

Can you buy an unadopted road?

Unadopted roads with unknown ownership

If the title is unregistered, finding the owner can be virtually impossible. However, if the ownership is established, it is possible to request the Local Authority to adopt the highway.

What is the difference between a private road and an unadopted road?

Private roads (also known as “unadopted roads”) are different in that they don’t belong to the local authority, and the local authority is not under a legal duty to maintain them. But a private road may nonetheless be a highway for one or more classes of traffic.

What does it mean if a road is unadopted?

Unadopted roads refer to roads which do not have to be adequately maintained by the highway authority under the Highways Act 1980. A legal duty to maintain these roads still exists, but it falls onto the owners of the road, which usually consists of the owners of any properties fronting that highway.