Highway assets have an optimal operational lifespan, after which they deteriorate. It is clear that some of this country’s existing highway assets are 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 local highways maintenance challenge fund is a reflection of the government’s 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 from government.
The challenge fund will be available for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021, with a total of £198 million on offer. Local authorities are able to bid for projects that will carry out improvements to the quality of roads and surrounding infrastructure, including bridges and viaducts, to benefit the local economy and make driving safer.
Hull City Council has tabled a bid for additional funding from the 2019 to 2020 Challenge Fund which incorporates major Carriageway and Footway maintenance being carried out on sections of Anlaby Road, Hessle Road and Holderness Road and details of this bid and what is included can be viewed below.
The roads network is a vital lifeline which needs to be enhanced and maintained. The government is committed to upgrading and renewing local road infrastructure so, through the challenge fund, it is encouraging local authorities to invest in these roads and make journeys safer.
To view a copy of our bid please see below.