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Other local transport schemes

 Information about other local transport schemes including the Safer Roads Fund, the Access Fund, major transport schemes and the National Productivity Investment Fund

What is the Safer Roads Fund?

The Department for Transport has invited proposals from eligible local highway authorities to improve the safety of 50 specific sections of local 'A' roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions is highest. These roads have been identified by the Road Safety Foundation and the EuroRap rating process. The 'Safer Roads Fund' totals £175m between 2017/18 and 2020/21 with £25m allocated nationwide for 2017/18 to improve safety on these routes.

The A161 between Goole in East Yorkshire and the A18 in North Lincolnshire is one of the 50 highlighted routes and together East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council are bidding for approximately £4m to improve the safety of this road.

Our bid and supporting documents:

DfT Safer Roads Fund bid application form - A161 to A18 (pdf 155kb opens in new window)

DfT Safer Roads Fund bid appendices - A161 to A18 (pdf 3.48mb opens in new window)

What is the National Productivity Investment Fund?

In the 2016 Autumn Statement it was announced that a new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will provide an additional £23 billion over the next four years to ensure the UK’s economy is fit for the future. Some of the NPIF will be used to pay for transport improvements to help tackle congestion, maintain highway assets and support economic growth. 

£185m from the NPIF has been allocated for transport in 2017/18. This funding will be distributed to local authorities on a formula basis. This means that we receive an additional £1.992m to spend on transport infrastructure in 2017/18. This will help fund major repair works at Tickton Bridge including the replacement of the bridge bearings, concrete repairs, drainage works and new bridge joints. The total cost of the repairs is around £3.5m, with the remaining funding coming from our existing highway maintenance funding allocation.

 The works at Tickton Bridge are likely to start in late 2017 and will take around nine months to complete. Most of the work will not require road closures or traffic management. 

Local authorities also have an opportunity to bid for NPIF for 2018/19 and 2019/20. We submitted a NPIF bid in June 2017 for a new roundabout at the A164/Great Gutter Lane/Riplingham Road junction. Our bid and supporting documents:

NPIF Application Form (pdf 156kb opens in new window)

NPIF Application Appendices (pdf 4.51mb opens in new window)

In October 2017 it was announced that our bid had been successful. Work is likely to start on site in Spring 2019.

How do you fund larger transport schemes?

The role of a Local Transport Plan (LTP) is to develop a number of small-scale transport improvements for the local area that are monitored as part of the capital investment programme.

There are not sufficient funds available through the LTP to pay for major transport schemes such as new roads, or for large scale packages of improvements. There are a number of different ways in which local transport authorities can bid for funding for these larger schemes.

What is the Access Fund?

In the Chancellor's 2015 Autumn Statement it was announced that £60 million would be made available for a new Access Fund running between 2017/18 and 2019/20. The Access Fund will benefit local authorities who wish to deliver sustainable transport projects that seek to grow the economy by boosting levels of cycling and walking and by improving access to jobs, skills, training and education.

We submitted a bid to the Access Fund in September 2016 and in January 2017 it was announced that our bid had been successful. Our ‘Get Active East Riding’ project is focused on improvements in our four principal towns (Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Goole) and is based around four themes, all of which support the objectives of the fund:

  • Supporting the local economy by improving sustainable access to large employers and key employment sites  
  • Improving access to education by working with schools to increase the number of school trips made on foot or by bike  
  • Targeted road safety campaigns to reduce the number of walkers and cyclists involved in collisions in our four target settlements  
  • Repairs and maintenance of existing footways and cycle links leading to key education and employment sites in our target settlements 

The project will start in April 2017. 

Our bid and supporting documents:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Access Fund Bid (pdf 748kb opens in new window)

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Access Fund Bid appendices (pdf 7.16mb opens in new window)

How do you pay for maintenance of local roads?

We receive grant funding for maintaining our local road network. In order to boost our existing grant fundingwe submitted a bid for additional funding for maintenance of our 'A' classified roads to the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership in 2015 for which there is a supporting business case:

A Road Maintenance Final Business Case 2016 (pdf 5.06mb opens in new window)

In February 2016 it was announced that this bid had been successful and as a result we will receive an extra £3.34 million per year for the next five years (2016/17-2020/21) to help maintain our 'A' roads.

How can I find out about the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan?

In December 2011 the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan (BITP) had been successful in securing major transport scheme funding from central government. 

The £22 million scheme included a new southern relief road for the town (known as Minster Way) and associated highway improvements, and was completed in March 2015. Our best and final bid document for the scheme and a more general information leaflet: 

BITP local authority major schemes best and final funding bid (pdf 210kb opens in new window)

BITP information leaflet (pdf 3mb opens in new window)

As part of the conditions of the BITP funding we have developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (MEP) to monitor the BITP scheme objectives and outcomes. We will report on these to the Department of Transport one year after the scheme opening and five years from opening. The information collected as part of the MEP will help us understand the impacts of the BITP and the way traffic travels around Beverley.

BITP Monitoring and Evaluation Report (MEP) (pdf 928kb opens in new window)

BITP Monitoring and Evaluation Report (MEP) appendices (pdf 10mb opens in new window)

What is the Challenge Fund?

The Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund was announced in the government's 2014 Autumn Statement. The £575 million fund is designed to help maintain existing local highways infrastructure including carriageways, drainage assets, street lights, footways/cycleways or structures such as bridges or tunnels. Funding is awarded through a competitive bidding process and all English local highway authorities outside London are invited to bid to the fund.

We submitted a bid to the Challenge Fund in February 2015:

Challenge Fund application form (pdf 98kb opens in new window)

Our Challenge Fund bid is based around improving our street lighting stock by replacing all columns over 40-years-old and upgrading existing yellow/orange lamps to white light systems that are cheaper and more energy efficient to run.

In March 2015 the Department of Transport announced that the council was one of only 28 local authorities in England to be successful with their Challenge Fund bids. 

The Challenge Fund element of our street lighting upgrade programme started in 2015/16.