Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund
In 2014 the Government announced £5.8 billion of local highway maintenance capital block funding for the six year period from 2015/16 to 2020/21. 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. The Department for Transport will shortly be inviting bids for the next Tranche of the Challenge Fund. Coventry City Council will submit a bid for the continuation of the essential maintenance and upgrade of the viaduct that carries Coventry Ring Road at Swanswell Viaduct.
Pothole Action Fund
Coventry City Council has received an additional £1,226,000 capital grant for 2018/19 from the Pothole Action Fund.
Following recent adverse weather, the additional funds will help repair potholes and protect local roads from future severe weather.
Coventry have committed to target its proportion of funding on permanently fixing potholes, or measures to stop them forming in the first place in line with DfT guidance. This money is additional to, and does not replace, Coventry City Councils annual allocated budget for road maintenance. It will be used solely for the purposes of road maintenance including pothole repairs, road patching, and road resurfacing to help prevent further deterioration.