Department for Transport (DfT) Funding

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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