What is a road Gully?
A road gully (rainwater gully or highway drain) is a small drainage chamber normally found at the edge, or gutter, of roadways. A road gully consist of a metal grating that sits above a small drainage chamber. Road gullies are built into the roadways to help to prevent the build-up of surface water on roadways. They do this by draining off excessive surface water from roadways, towards the highway drains and surface water sewer system.
What is a highway drain?
A highway drain is a pipe connecting the road gully chamber to the surface water sewer. It’s an essential part of preventing the build up of roadside water.
What causes a road gully drain to become blocked?
A gully, or rainwater drain, can become blocked for a number of reasons, including: 1) sometimes a road gully can become blocked due to a build-up of leaves, or roadside debris or rubbish; 2) In some cases it may be due to waste material being poured down the gully (gravel, sand, oil, concrete); 3) In some cases it may be due to excessive rainfall: in this it is not due to a blockage, but due to an abnormally large amount of surface rainwater – this will normally clear of it’s own accord (normally within 24-48hours).
Who is responsible for blocked rainwater gully drains?
Highway drains are normally the responsibility of the local highway authority. They are normally cleared every 1-2years, depending on whether the highway drain is on a main road, or a smaller side road.
Responsibility for blocked gullies on private roads
If the blocked road gully is situated on a private road, then any blockage will normally be the responsibility of the homeowner.
Reporting a blocked road gully
Road gullies are normally maintained by your local highway authority. You will find details on who to contact on your local council website.