Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund

In January 2014 the Department for Transport (DfT) created the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge fund to enable local authorities in England (excluding London) to bid for major maintenance projects that would be otherwise challenging to fund.

They allocated £575 million to be split over two stages (Tranches) across 2015 to 2021:

  • £275 million supplied over 2015 to 2018 (Tranche 1)
  • £300 million supplied over 2018 to 2021 (Tranche 2).

Tranche 1 bid

We submitted two bids for Tranche 1, to fund LED conversions and a major renewal programme of some main roads. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful.

Tranche 2A bid

In January 2017 the DfT brought forward a proportion of the funding from its second Tranche resource of £300m to hold an interim round of bidding for £75 million to be spent on highway maintenance projects across 2017 to 2018, known as Tranche 2A. We submitted a bid to renew crash barriers on the sections of A229 and A249 between the M2 and M20, but this too was unsuccessful.

In total there were 53 successful bids across the country in Tranches 1 and 2A with a value of £350m out of 230 applications, with a combined value of £1.65bn.

Tranche 2B bid

The DfT announced in July 2019 details of the next round of funding, known as Tranche 2B, where again the money available would be split:

  • £98 million supplied over 2019 to 2020
  • £100 million supplied over 2020 to 2021.

Local authorities could submit a single bid for the £98 million supplied in 2019 to 2020 of up to £5 million and they could also submit an expression of interest for £5 million for larger projects in 2020 and 2021.

We submitted a bid and expression of interest and a decision for the successful submissions will be made by the DfT in December 2019.

A299 Thanet Way - major structural road renewal and strengthening bid

If successful, the bid concerns the major renewal and strengthening of sections across the A299 Thanet Way to address significant areas of dips and depressions likely caused by underlying clay soil conditions. We propose to fully reconstruct and strengthen around 1,750 metres of lane 1 coastbound to a depth of 750 to 1,000 millimetres. Find out more about the bid:

A299 Thanet Way – bridges, embankments and tunnel lighting infrastructure expression of interest

We have expressed interest to assist with further improvements to the A299 Thanet Way. The project will look at two areas;

  • major earthworks, structural improvements and crash barrier renewal to correct problems caused by underlying clay soil conditions
  • the renewal of Chestfield Tunnel lighting, including upgrading to LED lamps.

Find out more about our expression of interest bid: