DfT Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in July 2019 a local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund as part of the government’s programme for funding improvements to local roads. This enables local highway authorities in England to bid for road maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund through their usual Highways Maintenance Block funding allocations they receive annually from government.

The available DfT funding totals £198 million over two years: 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021. Guidance for bids can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-to-the-local-highways-maintenance-challenge-fund 

The Year 1 funding for 2019 to 2020 total is £98 million and is intended for smaller schemes, with local highway authorities invited to bid for up to £5m of DfT funding. Local highway authorities are required to fund a proportion of the total scheme costs.

The deadline for authorities to submit Year 1 bids and Year 2 EOI was 31 October 2019. The Combined Authority ranked the bids to indicate their relative priority. The bid documents are available below.