In December 2014 Government announced £5.8 billion of local highway maintenance capital block funding for the six year period from 2015/16 to 20/21. Of this £575 million is set aside for the new Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.
The purpose of the Fund is to allow bids for major projects that will have a real impact on improving local roads and are unaffordable through the normal needs element of the capital allocations.
On 23 December 2014 the Department for Transport invited bids for the £275 million Tranche 1 of the Challenge Fund for the 3 year period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018. The closing date for bids was 9 February 2015.
The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority together with the seven metropolitan authorities, including Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, has made a bid to support the renewal of 341 kilometres of its classified carriageways in urgent need of repair.
As part of Government’s commitment to greater openness in the public sector applicants must publish the application which you can see on the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority website.