Highways Careers in Cumbria

We`re recruiting

Cumbria County Council Highways Service is rated one of the best services (Band 3) on the Department for Transport (DfT) Incentive Fund. This enables us to draw down additional funding and demonstrates our clear leadership and success in the Asset Management approach to what is a very complex and large network in one of the largest counties. By comparison Cumbria is larger than the entire London borough area.

It's a great time to join us! Hear more from Stephen Hall, Assistant Director Highways Transport and Fleet:

Our current opportunities

Our offer to you

  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution

  • Supportive working environment

  • Great holiday entitlement

  • Childcare Voucher scheme which can be used to pay for registered childcare for children up to 16 years old

  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave

  • Sickness pay

  • Relocation packages for eligible employees

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • A strong training programme with plenty of opportunities for continuing professional development

Some of our work:

Since developing our Highways Strategy (PDF) we have focussed on an asset management approach. This includes working with external providers to innovate and push the boundaries of current practice.

See our trials of the Bridge Cat, a unique new vehicle that will transform how we inspect bridges, meaning fewer delays following floods.


We have recently held a key event to bring all the Highways Service together for a focus on Health, Safety & Wellbeing. This event focussed on the reason why Near Miss reporting is so essential and that every member of the team needs to take responsibility for ensuring we work safely.

And then there is the routine maintenance work. Again Cumbria has all the challenges and opportunities to provide the experience and challenge for anyone looking to develop their career.

Since late 2015 the county council has been working closely with the Department for Transport to ensure the impacts on the county network following Storm Desmond are appropriately funded, investigated and resilient solutions implemented.

Official opening of Gowan Bridge, Staveley - 18 May 2017

Hall Beck Bridge repair

The Infrastructure Recovery Programme is not just about bridges though and includes significant investment in carriageway works. This includes the well documented restoration and reinstatement of the A591 through then central Lakes.

This work was carried out with the support of Highways England who assisted on the delivery capacity for the works on this Cumbria County Council strategic road.

The Operations Unit provides the county council Highway Authority with the power to deliver the work needed to maintain and improve the highway network. The range of works undertaken covers drainage, kerbing, footways, signs, hedges, grass cutting, trees and of course carriageway patching and repairs. 

In addition to all this regular work the service responds to emergencies like flooding, major accidents and storms providing a 24/7 response. The service is also unique to other contractors in providing the winter maintenance work through gritting, ploughing and major snow clearance.