DFT challenge fund
The local highways maintenance challenge fund enables local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects, that are otherwise difficult to fund through the usual funding allocations they receive from government. This latest part of the challenge fund will be available for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021, with a total of £198 million DfT funding.
We've recently submitted:
- a bid for funding in 2019 to 2020
- an expression of interest in further funding for 2020 to 2021
Our proposal for funding will focus on repairing areas of Buckinghamshire’s main road network.
Halting the Cycle of Decline on BCC’s most Important Roads PDF, 13 pages, 502KB
Our expression of interest will focus on repairing the county's rural roads to prevent patching and preventative treatments.
Improve Rural Connectivity to Facilitate Economic Growth PDF, 11 pages, 876KB
About the bids
Eligible bids would be for:
- major maintenance of structures and carriageways
- resurfacing of carriageways
- renewal of drainage systems
The guidance confirmed that it did not propose to fund bids for street lighting or public rights of way. It was decided that the largest challenges for the council were the sections of carriageways which are in poor condition and have inadequate construction for the volume and weight of traffic using them.
A bid to fund reconstruction of sections of our main roads has been made and we have expressed interest in bidding for a larger amount to reconstruct our worst minor rural roads.
Outcome of proposals
We hope that the DfT will confirm successful bids by Christmas and request further information on the successful expressions of interest at that time.
Given the large number of competing Highway Authorities the chances of success will be low.