The government has announced £75 million has been allocated to local councils in England in a bid to improve the quality of highways
Announced by transport minister Jesse Norman, the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund, which was previously distributed throughout the country in 2015, will see nineteen projects across the country receive a share of the money. Click here to find out which areas of England the funding has been previously allocated to.
The money will be used towards junction improvements, repairs and resurfacing, flood resilience measures, bridge and viaduct refurbishment and improved drainage. The aim is to cut congestion, reduce journey times and improve the reliability of the country’s roads, as well as helping to support local business and boost economic growth.
Jesse Norman said of the project: "We are taking the big decisions for Britain’s future by investing in the infrastructure the country needs, and ensuring motorists have the well maintained roads they expect and deserve.
"This investment will enable councils to repair roads and key infrastructure like bridges – boosting reliability on our roads so people can stay connected with family, friends and employment, while also keeping businesses connected with customers."
Notable areas for improvement
A £4.6 million refurbishment of the A589 Greyhound Bridge in Lancashire will enable HGVs to access the bridge, boosting access for businesses and securing skilled jobs locally. As well as this, a major carriageway and drainage renewal scheme is set to regenerate the dual-carriageway stretch of the A361 in Devon.
£5 million allocated for crucial maintenance in Northumberland will also repair and strengthen key routes for the rural and regional economy.
Local highway authorities in England have received £6.1 billion between 2015 and 2016 and 2020 and 2021. The schemes are set to be delivered within the next 12 months, with drivers seeing an immediate improvement.