Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund
In January 2014 the Department for Transport created the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge fund to enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects. Schemes would fall into the two following categories:
- small schemes which requires funding for a project under £20m
- large schemes which requires funding for a project above £20m.
The total value of the fund is £575m split over the next six financial years, however at this stage, Department for Transport were only seeking bids for Tranche 1 (2015/16 – 2017/18) which is worth £275m. We applied for this funding and submitted two bids:
- Energy Efficiency Scheme – Street Lighting
- Major Renewal of Carriageways in Kent.
The Department for Transport published their decision in March 2015. Neither bid was successful.
The Department for Transport have brought forward funding from its second Tranche of Challenge Fund resource of £300m covering 2018/19 to 2020/21. It has made available £75m of that funding for capital highway maintenance schemes that can be delivered in 2017/18.
We have submitted a bid for a major renewal of crash barriers on the sections of the A229 and A249 that are between the M2 and M20.