Roads & Highways

Roads are a critical part of our transport network. As a top ranked stand-alone team of specialists, we come highly recommended from a broad range of clients in the public sector as a “First class practice, known for its ‘stunning advice’.” (Legal 500). We have a proven track record and expert resource to handle all the issues surrounding highway planning.

We have extensive experience of collaborating with many a variety of public sector clients, enabling us to provide targeted advice for the successful delivery of your highway project. We have a deep understanding of all relevant legislation including the Highways Act 1980 and using Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers where required.

We can support you at all stages of your project, including:

  • Stopping up and diversion of highways
  • Construction, dedication and adoption of highways, including Section 38 Agreements
  • Permanent alteration or improvements of highways, including Section 278 Agreements
  • Modification of Definitive Maps (to include or exclude public access/rights of way)

We have particular expertise in the promotion of highway development on behalf of local authorities and public inquiries, as well as advising clients affected by highway CPO schemes on making their objections and on compensation and accommodation works issues. Our experience includes:

  • Advising the Welsh Ministers on the promotion of the statutory orders for the M4 Corridor around Newport project
  • Compulsory purchase and related statutory orders under the Highways Act 1980 to enable the Wrexham County Borough Council to construct the new access roads to the Wrexham Industrial Estate
  • Acting for property investors in relation to the A465 dualling project and in relation to the Port Talbot Peripheral Distributor Road scheme (Harbour Drive)
  • Advising Cheshire East on the Congleton and Poynton schemes

Our leading highways practice extends to all aspects of road infrastructure including:

  • Compulsory purchase, planning and environmental issues
  • Consents for major road, bridge, and tunnel schemes
  • Construction of roads, adoption and works to existing roads
  • Highways Act agreements and licences

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What clients say

"Really specialist expertise in a regional setting. Equally competent in both Welsh and English planning and cognate jurisdictions, which is unique"

Legal 500 2024

"Geldards demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the subject matter and make a great effort to contextualise their advice"

Chambers & Partners 2024

"They are fantastic and feel like an extension of the team. They are incredibly responsive and understand the issues that we face."

Chambers & Partners 2024

"Geldards have a pool of experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who have been immensely helpful to us on various local authority matters."

Public Sector, East Midlands, Legal 500 2023

"The team has a good understanding of the law in Wales and a very detailed knowledge of the working of Welsh Government and the administrative sector in Wales"

Planning & Environment, Wales, Legal 500 2023

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