Better Roads - road funding information

How we spend the funding that the Government provide for highways maintenance in West Sussex.

The maintenance of our roads, footways and highway infrastructure elements, such as bridges and traffic signals, is predominantly funded by:

  • the government via local highway maintenance block funding (capital funding)
  • West Sussex County Council (WSCC) resources (revenue funding or capital borrowing).

Even Better Pavements

At the beginning of 2016 we committed investment over two years for the development and delivery of a footway improvement programme - the Even Better Pavements programme.

Starting in April 2016, the £5 million, two-year package of improvements to footways is targeting access for vulnerable users by serving hospitals, clinics, GPs, care homes and schools.

Aimed to improve footway surfaces to help alleviate slips, trips and falls, the Even Better Pavements programme ties into 'Future West Sussex' values of helping the most vulnerable feel safe and supported.

In year one, the £2 million investment has seen the treatment or reconstruction of some 90 sites across the county.

Copies of the year one delivery and preliminary programme for year two are available below.

Local highways maintenance funding

The Department for Transport's allocation to WSCC for 2017/18 is £12.2m. This funding is supplemented this year by £1.028m from the Highway Maintenance Incentive Fund.

Our planned maintenance programme delivers schemes prioritised on condition and asset management criteria. It takes account of the available funding and the relative need across all our roads and highway infrastructure assets. It is informed by the Integrated Forward Works Programme and identified in the Annual Delivery Programme.

To find out when a specific scheme has been scheduled for delivery visit our Roadworks and road closure pages.

Pothole Action Fund

In 2015 the government announced funding to “repair potholes or to stop them forming in the first place” on our roads.

The allocation for 2016/17 was £841,000. This enabled West Sussex Highways to fix around 15,868 potholes. Details of the maintenance and repairs supported by this funding are reviewed in the Pothole Action Fund (2016/17) update.

This year the allocation is £1,145,000 - enough to fix around 21,603 potholes in 2017/18. The money is being focused on extending the life of our road surfaces by:

  • repairing defects ahead of sealing the road with a new surface dressing treatment
  • repairing cracks and joints to prevent surface water further damaging our roads
  • local structural patching to repair potholes.

National Productivity Investment Fund

In addition to the Local Highway Maintenance Funding for planned maintenance schemes, local highways authorities have been allocated money from the National Productivity Investment Fund to improve local road networks and public transport in 2017/18.

The £2.783m allocated for West Sussex is being focused on the major improvements on A284 and A259 to support development and relieve congestion.

The Better Roads Programme

Between 2014 and 2016 we invested £30 million on improving residential streets, rural lanes and other unclassified roads across its network.

While major roads across the UK are operated and maintained by Highways England, we are responsible for the upkeep of the vast majority of roads in the county, over 3,988km.

Forthcoming work

  • To find out where work is happening in your local area visit our Travel information page. Type the name of your road or town into the search field and amend the date to widen the search parameters.
  • For regular updates follow us on Twitter.

Yellow noticeboards located in streets where work is due to take place will tell you the exact date work is due to start. All dates are subject to change due to weather conditions and to allow our contractors the flexibility to respond to any unforeseen circumstances.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you wish to make an enquiry about a road or pavement.

Last updated:
11 May 2018

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