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Department for Transport capital funding

The Department for Transport (DfT) provides capital funding for Highway Maintenance through the Maintenance Block Grant. Details of the grant and how it is allocated to local authorities can be found on the Local transport capital block funding page on the website. In addition, the DfT on occasions provides additional maintenance funding, for instance after harsh winters, or provides the opportunity for local authorities to bid for additional maintenance funding. Our additional allocations and bids for additional funding are available below.

Pothole Action Fund 2017/2018

In April 2017 the government announced a £250million Pothole Action Fund. Funding is calculated according to the size of the local road network in the area and for 2017-18, Surrey was allocated £2,282,130.

We have used our allocation as part of a "Preventative Programme" to deal with actual and potential pothole on our minor (lower category) roads. We have used a range of methods including; hand lay repairs (patching), machine repairs (patching), jet patching, thermal patching and Rejuvophalt.

The 2017-18 Preventative Programme, which has cost £3.9million in total, has removed or prevented approximately 32,000 defects. This means that the allocation from the Pothole Action Fund has removed or prevented approximately 18,000 potholes from our road network. The innovative nature of this programme means that as well as removing or preventing potholes, we have also been able to add life back into the road network rather than just filling potholes.

National Productivity Investment Fund 2017/2018

In the government's 2016 Autumn Statement, the government announced the creation of a new National Productivity Investment Fund to provide funding for local highway and other local transport improvements.

The Fund aims to;

  • reduce congestion at key locations
  • upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets across England, outside London
  • improve access to employment and housing
  • develop economic an job creation opportunities

For the 2017/2018 financial year, £185million was made available for the whole country with allocations made by a formula. Our allocation was £3,451,000.

In the 2017/2018 financial year we used our allocation to help fund maintenance improvements and make our road network more resilient on the following key strategic areas:-

  • A217 from the county boundary at Sutton to Horley
  • A25 Clandon Crossroads

We intend to use the remaining monies from our allocation in the 2018/19 financial year to help fund maintenance improvement and make our road network more resilient in the following key strategic areas:-

  • A24 Epsom gyratory
  • A31 Farnham Road bridge

Challenge Fund bid March 2017

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. Surrey did not have any schemes funded as part of Tranche 1.

The first element of Tranche 2A of the Challenge fund will see £75 million of schemes 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.

Surrey County Council's application to Tranche 2A of the Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund was made on 31 March 2017. A copy of the main document can be found below.

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