Department for Transport (DfT) Funding

Safer Roads Fund

In November 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a new Safer Roads Fund of £175m which covers the four financial years 2017/18 - 2020/21.  The Fund is specifically targeted at delivering road upgrades and improvements to reduce the number and severity of fatal and serious injury collisions on the 50 highest risk road sections, based on the Road Safety Foundation's analysis.

The County Council, in partnership with Rotherham MBC, has submitted a Safer Roads Fund bid for funding to deliver road safety improvements along the A634 between its junctions with the A631 (Maltby) and the A1 (Blyth). 

The Bid includes a number of engineering measures to address specific accident risks identified through the Road Safety Foundation's analysis.  The measures included in the Bid are therefore based on the iRAP and ViDA road safety software assessments, as well as additional measures where these were felt to be more appropriate or practicable, based on local knowledge and assessment by experienced road safety engineers employed by the two highway authorities.

The proposed measures include:

  • roadside barriers
  • shoulder widening
  • skid resistance upgrades
  • shoulder rumble strips
  • removal of roadside hazards
  • lowering of speed limits
  • installation of traffic signals, and
  • central hatching.

The Department for Transport aims to make decisions on the outcome of Safer Roads Fund bids in the Summer 2017; and if the Bid is successful the improvements will be delivered during 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Department for Transport Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund – Tranche 2A

A38 and A617 Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route

The Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund was first announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.  Following a competition in 2015, Tranche 1 was launched and, with additional schemes added in the summer of 2015, 34 schemes were funded.

This is the first element of Tranche 2, of £75 million, which will be funded in 2017/18. The Challenge Fund reflects the Government's strong commitment to ensure that we have well maintained local highway infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

The purpose of the Fund is to enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund through the usual formula needs element allocations they receive.

Highway assets have a definitive lifespan after which they decay and lose functionality.  It is clear that some of this country's existing highway assets may now be moving to more costly stages of their natural life-cycle with some components already reaching the end of their serviceable life. In addition to the natural ageing process of highway infrastructure, the life-cycle of the asset has in places deteriorated at a faster rate than perhaps originally envisaged, sometimes as a result of past under-investment, as well as severe weather events which have compounded the problems.

The roads network is used by 95 per cent of people every day and it is vital this lifeline is enhanced and maintained.  The Government is committed to upgrading and renewing local road infrastructure, with:

  • £210m from the National Productivity Investment Fund in 2017/18, with £185m of that to improve local road networks such as highways and public transport networks, and £25m from the new Safer Roads Fund element (from a total of £175m over four financial years) to start to tackle some of the most dangerous A roads;
  • £75m from the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, to which this guidance refers, where local authorities can compete for funding for large maintenance schemes;
  • £75m from the Highways Maintenance Incentive Element.

These funds are in addition to the £801m for 2017/18 we have already committed for highways maintenance and in addition to the £70 million funding in 2017/18 being shared across local highway authorities in England from the Pothole Action Fund.

The documents below represent Nottinghamshire County Council’s bid, working in partnership with Via East Midlands Ltd, for funding to carry out extensive repairs to the A38 and the A617 Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route:

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