Department for Transport funding

Local Highway Authorities receive capital funding for highway maintenance from the Department for Transport (DfT) each year.

Extra funding is sometimes available to deal with exceptional circumstances. For example, severe weather conditions that have adversely affected the road network.

This money must be bid for by each authority. Details of the bids that Calderdale Council has made are listed below.


Safer Roads Fund

On 28th November 2016, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a £3 billion roads investment package. He set out how the £1.3 billion new roads funding (Autumn Statement announced by the Chancellor) would be used.

  • £175m will be used to upgrade 50 of England’s most dangerous ‘A’ road sections. This is where the risk of collisions causing death and serious injury is highest.

Calderdale Council has submitted two bids for funding to upgrade:


Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund

The Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund was announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement. £575 million is being set aside in the Fund to help repair and maintain local highway infrastructure, such as junctions, bridges and street lighting.

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 normal allocations they receive.

Calderdale applied for funding towards the upgrade of our street lighting asset under Tranche 1, see: PDFLocal Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund - Application Form [PDF 306KB] .

Tranche 1 Tranche 2
2015-2016 £75 million 2018-2019 £100 million
2016-2017 £100 million 2019-2020 £100 million
2017-2018 £100 million 2020-2021 £100 million
Total £275 million Total £300 million


The Pothole Fund

In the 2014 Budget Statement, the Government announced the creation of a Pothole Fund worth £200 million, with £168 million being made available to the Highways Authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network. The funding is available in the 2014 / 2015 financial year.

Calderdale Council's bid for a share of this additional funding: PDFPothole Fund application [PDF 2001KB]

Pothole Action Fund 2016/17

Calderdale Council has received an additional £187,000 from the 2016/17 pothole fund.

These funds will be targeted on permanently fixing potholes on the highway network or by stopping them forming in the first place. This funding complements our planned highway maintenance expenditure for 2016/17.

To promote greater transparency the authority will publish an annual report on our website by end of March 2017 showing how much money has been spent, including a report of the specific repairs and their location undertaken, in response to this additional funding.

The Pothole Fund Update (1st April 2015)

Calderdale Council’s bid for a share of the Government’s pothole fund was successful, ranked 3rd out of the 115 English Councils who applied for funding. The terms and conditions of receiving the money were met and this much needed extra funding was safely in the Highways and Engineering accounts for delivery of much needed substantive repairs to our highway infrastructure for financial year (2014/15). The additional pothole grant, of £819,691, has been spent on carriageway re-surfacing of:

Godfrey Road, Halifax Works completed
Albert Road, Halifax Works completed
King Cross Street, Halifax Works completed
Club Lane, Halifax Works completed
Willow Drive, Halifax In progress
Long Causeway, Rishworth Works completed
Quarry Hill / Fore lane, Sowerby Bridge Works completed
Beech Road, Sowerby Bridge Works completed
Albert Road, Sowerby Bridge Works completed
Wallis Street, Sowerby Bridge Works completed
Horsehold Road, Hebden Bridge Works completed


Extra funding for highway maintenance 2014/15

The Secretary of State for Transport announced on the 9th March that the Department for Transport was making £140 million available to local highway authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network caused by the extremely wet winter of 2013/14. Of this funding, Calderdale received £380,034 for the year 2014/15 and this money was allocated to address damage to the highway network, particularly along the route of stage two of the prestigious Tour de France.

An account of how it has been / will be used for carriageway work has been included below:

  • A58 Rochdale Road, from the borough boundary to Ripponden.
  • A6033 Keighley Road, Hebden Bridge.
  • A6033 Commercial Street, Hebden Bridge.
  • A646 Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge.
  • B6138 New Road, Mytholmroyd.
  • B6138 Cragg Road, Cragg Vale.
  • B6138 Blackstone Edge Road, Cragg Vale.
  • B6113 Rochdale Road, Greetland.
  • A58 Rochdale Road / A672 Oldham Road / B6113 Elland Road, Ripponden.
  • Long Wall, West Vale.

Over and above the Highway Maintenance Capital allocation for 2014/15, this vital funding has enabled additional carriageway maintenance to augment already planned work and further progress the objectives of our asset management ethos throughout Calderdale.


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