The Department for Transport’s (DfT) local highways maintenance challenge fund reflects the government’s strong commitment to ensure that we have well maintained local highway infrastructure fit for the 21st century. It was first announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement.
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.
This tranche of the challenge fund will be available for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021, with a total of £198 million on offer. Local authorities will be 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.
Each local highway authority is eligible to submit one bid for up to £5 million of DfT funding for 2019 to 2020. Expressions of interest, but not bids, are also sought for larger projects in 2020 to 2021 with a minimum DfT contribution of £5 million each, for which a total of £100 million is available in that year.
Our proposed scheme
The Council is proposing a bid of £1.2 million for 2019/20.
This is the A635 Goldthorpe Bypass Structures Refurbishment scheme, which includes maintenance to Highgate Railway Bridge and Nicholas Road Bridge and remedial works to extend the serviceable life of the A635 Goldthorpe Bypass.
A joint expression of interest is also being submitted for Highway Drainage Strategic Asset Repair, along with Doncaster and Rotherham Councils. The scheme is to address a number of strategic locations, on the South Yorkshire road network, where the status of current assets and associated drainage issues leave the locations susceptible to flooding. For Barnsley, the locations are Dearne Hall Road (bridge and culvert), Aldham River Bridge, Aldham Railway Bridge and Bradberry Balk Lane Bridge