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).
Local highways maintenance and integrated transport funding
The Department for Transport's allocation to WSCC for 2018/19 is £11,043,000. This funding is supplemented this year by £2.3m 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 that brings together funding streams from Highway Maintenance and transport Improvement Grants, supported by other external contributions such as development s106 funding and WSCC corporate capital funding.
To find out when a specific scheme has been scheduled for delivery visit our roadworks and projects page.
The value of the capital funding that supports the delivery of this programme is £22,449,462, consisting of the following elements:
- Integrated Transport Block - £3,734,000
- Local Highways Maintenance Block - £11,043,000
- Incentive Fund Element - £2,300,000 (Band 3 status)
- Pothole Action Fund - circa £1,594,000
- Pothole Action Fund (additional 2017/18 Grant) - £797,542
- WSCC Corporate Capital Funding: Footway Improvement Programme - £1,500,000 and Traffic Signals Refurbishment Programme - £250,000
Department for Transport (DfT) additional roads funding 2018
Following the Chancellor’s autumn budget 2018, in which it was announced £420m towards additional roads funding across the UK, the (DfT) allocated an additional £6.083m capital funding for West Sussex County Council. This funding is to be spent on highway network infrastructure maintenance in the financial year to March 2019.
This additional capital injection has enabled West Sussex Highways to accelerate the delivery of works across a range of infrastructure and will see improvements to bridges and safety barriers, surface treatments to carriageways and footways and help us to tackle areas prone to potholes.
Find out what programme of works have been scheduled for delivery below.
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 and in 2017/18 it was £1.145m. This enabled West Sussex Highways to fix around 37,500 potholes. Details of the maintenance and repairs supported by this funding are reviewed in the Pothole Action Fund update.
This year (2018/19) the allocation is £1,594,870 plus and additional grant of £797,542 from the end of 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.
DfT Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund – Tranche 2b
Renewal of principal and local roads infrastructure
Large or complex transport schemes and highway maintenance cannot generally be funded solely from the County Council’s annual allocation of funding, 'Integrated Transport Block', or 'Local Highway Maintenance Block' grants from the Department for Transport.
Government does create opportunities to 'bid' for additional funding, which enables authorities to submit applications for specific schemes and projects.
Details of WSCC current bids for projects to benefit from the DfT Challenge Fund is available below.
Footway improvement programme
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 £5m, two-year package of improvements to footways targeted access for vulnerable users by serving hospitals, clinics, GPs, care homes and schools.
In 2017/18 the programme delivered 92 schemes worth £3m spread widely across the county. This is in addition to the 85 schemes completed in 2016/17. Feedback from local residents continues to be overwhelmingly positive.
2018/19 Footway improvement programme will deliver £1.5m worth of improvement schemes driven by need, applying asset management principles and criteria.
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.
- To find out where work is happening in your local area visit our roadworks 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.
Please get in touch if you wish to make an enquiry about a road or pavement.