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Road maintenance funding bids

This page contains information about our road maintenance funding bids.


Following a review of road service provision and in line with government guidance, we will be working on a limited number of projects where it is safe to do so including:

  • road resurfacing and specialist surface schemes
  • gully cleansing and maintenance
  • street lighting maintenance
  • bridges and structures.

There will be delays in responding to non-emergency and non-essential works. All activity will be undertaken with staff working to social distancing guidance.

Critical and emergency works including emergency repairs, road traffic accidents and emergency road defects will continue.

Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund 2019/2020

£93.4m has been made available, by the Department of Transport, to Highways Authorities who were challenged to put forward schemes which could make a real difference to road users.

In all, 32 councils have been awarded funds. A further £900,000 will fund scientists, innovators, academics and tech-focused start-ups to research new ways to future proof the UK's roads.

We have been allocated £4.2 million to bring forward an essential maintenance scheme on New Elvet Bridge. We are currently working with strategic partners to develop the scheme.

Road maintenance funding October 2018

In October 2018, the Government allocated a £420 million nationally for local road maintenance of which £22.759 million was allocated to the North East. This funding was allocated using the road maintenance funding formula and was for the repair of roads, including potholes, bridges and general local road infrastructure.

We were awarded £5.269 million and funded a number of different projects including bridges, drainage and local road maintenance schemes:

  • C57 Front Street Lanchester
  • Castledene Road Delves Lane
  • Sidlaw Avenue Chester-le-Street
  • A693 Morrison Busty Roundabout Annfield Plain
  • North Road Durham City
  • Mill Farm Road Hamsterley Mill
  • Hobson Industrial Estate Burnhopfield
  • Lindisfarne Road Castleside
  • Meadowfield Farm Road Satley
  • Howgill Grange Balderdale
  • Slip Road Galgate/Queen St Barnard Castle
  • Forest of Teesdale PS Forest-in-Teesdale
  • Grassholme Lane Lunedale
  • Leeholme to Westerton Leeholme
  • Lushby Crescent Woodhouse Close
  • Grange Hill Canney Hill
  • Ridgeway Aycliffe Industrial Estate
  • Jubilee Road Shildon
  • Baliol Road Newton Aycliffe
  • Burtree Road Aycliffe Industrial Estate
  • Waverly Terrace Shildon
  • The Meadows Sedgefield
  • Langley Park Industrial Estate Langley Park
  • Cemetery Road Esh Winning
  • Drum Lane Industrial Estate Chester-le-Street
  • Cleveland Avenue Chester-le-Street
  • Howlands park and ride access Durham City
  • Carr Street Spennymoor
  • Gore Hill Estate South Thornley
  • Margaret Terrace Trimdon Colliery
  • Queen Alexandra Road roundabout Dawdon
  • Vane Tempest roundabout Seaham
  • Davy Drive/Mill Hill NW Industrial Estate Peterlee
  • A68 - A688 roundabout to C42 West Auckland
  • C187 Durham Way North Newton Aycliffe
  • C184 Newcastle Road Chester-le-Street
  • A1086 Middle Street Blackhall Colliery
  • B1404 Station Road Seaham
  • Glenavon Avenue Chester-le-Street
  • Hardwick Street Blackhall Colliery
  • Woods Terrace Murton
  • George Street Sherburn Hill
  • Camperdown Avenue/Rickleton Avenue Chester-le-Street
  • Ennerdale Place Chester-le-Street
  • Sheelin Avenue (phase 2) Chester-le-Street
  • Aged Miners Sacriston
  • B6301 Ford Road Lanchester
  • John Street No Place
  • First Street/Sixth Street Crookhall
  • Tower Road - Annfield Plain 
  • Brook View Lanchester
  • Oliver Street/Moore Street South Moor
  • Canterbury Road Newton Hall
  • Lawson Road Bowburn
  • Geoffrey Avenue (Phase 2) Nevilles Cross
  • B6302 East Flass Farm Flass Hall
  • B1280 Salters Lane (phase 3) Wingate
  • Newlands Road Northlea
  • B1404 Station Road (phase 2) Seaham
  • Blackhills Terrace Horden
  • Woodland Avenue Hordon
  • Kingston Avenue/Laurel Avenue, Deneside
  • C22 Wingate Road South, Trimdon Colliery
  • Rectory Lane, Wolsingham
  • C129 Footway to Crematorium,  Coundon
  • Thistlewood Bridge refurbishment
  • Evenwood Bridge refurbishment scheme
  • Broadwood Bridge (contribution)

National Productivity Investment Fund

We were allocated the following funding from the Department for Transport to be delivered in 2017/18.

Road maintenance

£1.83 million: Resurfacing of unclassified roads of economic importance i.e.: industrial estates and bus routes countywide

Integrated transport

£0.506 million: Refurbishment of key traffic signal installations, to include replacement of life expired "plastic coated" traffic signal poles. Upgrading of our UTMC system to give improved levels of operational efficiency in the monitoring and management of the road network.

Safer Roads Fund

The following bid was created for the A67 between Bowes and Barnard Castle which has been identified by the Road Safety Foundation as being a high risk road. Following a rigorous risk based analysis the following measures were proposed to reduce the likelihood of further accidents occurring:

  • speed management measures - gateway features on the approaches to Barnard Castle and a 20 mph zone within the town
  • pedestrian movements - new and improved pedestrian crossing points in Barnard Castle
  • road delineation

The range of road safety improvements were proposed from October 2017 to June 2018. With an estimate of £528,000 the following proposal demonstrated how this represented a worthwhile investment in road safety.

Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund (2017/18)

Funding of £75million has been made available by the Department for Transport in 2017/18.

Resurfacing of strategic roads

Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund (2014/15)

The Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund enables local us to bid for funding from the government for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund through the normal allocations we receive. The fund was announced by the government in the Autumn 2014 statement. 

Small Scheme Bid - upgrade of street lighting

Small Scheme Bid - resurfacing of unclassified roads and footways

Section 31 (Local Government Act, 2003) Grant for Severe Weather Flood Recovery Fund (2013/14)

In March 2014, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that £140m was being made available to local highway authorities in England to help repair damage to the local road network caused by the recent severe weather. Of this, £1.242m was awarded to us on the understanding that we publish a brief statement setting how this additional funding will be spent. The briefing note can be viewed here:

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