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Bridge structures and retaining walls

There are 264 bridges supporting roads and footpaths in Sandwell of which:

  • 172 are owned by Sandwell Counci
  • 31 are owned by Network Rail
  • 1 is owned by British Rail Property Board. BRB (Residuary) Ltd
  • 29 are motorway bridges owned by the Highways Agency in addition to the elevated sections of the M5 and M6 motorways. These structures are maintained on their behalf by Amey Mouchel.
  • 31 are owned by British Waterways.

Routine maintenance of structures is carried out, such as painting, graffiti removal, fencing repair etc. If you wish to report a problem with a structure you can use our online reporting form.

Bridges are best identified by the name of the road which they are located on and the obstruction they cross(e.g. the River Tame or the Walsall Canal).

In addition to the bridge stock, Sandwell Council is responsible for a large number of retaining walls which either support the highway or the land on the highway boundary. Because retaining walls are usually on the highway boundary, ownership is often uncertain and many retaining walls in the Borough are not in the Council's records.

For further information please call 0121 368 1177, Monday-Friday 8am-5.30pm.