Doncaster Council is responsible for around 615 bridges, culverts and other highway structures such as retaining walls, underpasses and footbridges.


We carry out general inspections every two years and principal inspections every six years on all bridges to determine their condition and maintenance requirements, passing on our recommendations to the appropriate bodies where required. These inspections involve giving each part of the bridge a score based on how serious and widespread any defects are, which generates an overall condition score that helps to prioritise spending our maintenance budget on the worst structures.

There are also 261 assets managed and maintained by organisations such as Highways England, Network Rail, the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways Board) and the Environment Agency which we inspect from a public safety point of view.

We respond to emergency situations when required, such as the bridge strike on the Grade II listed Stainforth Bridge, putting in place an immediate road closure to ensure public safety, employing divers to recover the stone parapet from the river and an accredited stonemason to carry out the repairs.

Our team also acts as the Technical Approval Authority for all Highway Structures proposed by developers and council schemes. This ensures that any new structure is safe for use and fit for purpose.

We take pride in our ability to respond to ever changing demands on the road network such as helping to facilitate the Tour De Yorkshire cycle race over St. Georges bridge which we achieved by temporarily modifying the expansion joints to allow bicycles to cross.

We also actively monitor river levels on several watercourses across the borough to improve our response time to flood events.

Recent Schemes

Capital Scheme Preparation

We are currently in the feasibility and design stage for a number of capital scheme projects that include Rose Hill Footbridge, Shaftholme Disused Railway Bridge and Greys Bridge. 

Bridge Maintenance

We have recently repaired damage to a bridge parapet on Flashley Carr Lane between Moss and Sykehouse, and re-painted the parapets on Auckley Bridge. 

We are working with the Public Rights of Way team to replace a footbridge in Austerfield in November.

In addition we are working with a local contractor to carry out many smaller repairs which include painting, welding, fencing and other repairs to bridges and footbridges throughout the year. 

Flood Resilience (Ongoing)

We have identified a number structures across the borough in need of maintenance in order to better withstand a flood event. This maintenance is various and includes masonry repairs, scour protection, culvert lining or replacement. We are in the process of securing funding for these works which will allow us to deliver this maintenance over the next eight years.

General and Principal Inspections (Ongoing)

Throughout the year we undertake general and principal inspections to ensure the condition data of all our bridges is kept up to date. These inspections inform us what maintenance is required so that it can be prioritised and budgeted for. 

Reporting bridge problems

To report faults or damage to bridges please contact or call 01302 736000 advising, if applicable:

  • the name of the bridge or road
  • the registration of any involved vehicles
  • time of incident
  • any other relevant information

All reported incidents are treated anonymously unless otherwise stated.

Alternatively fill out a web-form here:

Bridges programme of works

Visit the following page for details of the Programme of Works for bridges: Highways programme of works


Last updated: 31 October 2022 11:46:19

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