Where £8m will be spent to improve Calderdale's roads

How will 8m be spent on Calderdale's roads
How will 8m be spent on Calderdale's roads

The highways network is the largest and most valuable asset to Calderdale Council according to leaders as they look to approve £8m to improve the network.

The Highways Capital and Revenue Programmes report, which will be considered by Cabinet, sets out the planned highways projects for 2018/19.

READ: Ambitious plans to spend £8m to improve Calderdale’s road network

The report outlines the different sources of funding which the Council has received and how the money will be allocated to improve the highways network.

Where are the funds coming from and how will it be spent?

As the Council is now recognised as a top tier authority, more funding is unlocked from the Government for maintaining its road network.

This means that in addition to the £3.1m basic grant from the Department for Transport (DfT), Calderdale will also receive the maximum level of additional funding of £661k.

Over £3.2m will be spent on carriageway maintenance, with all A, B and C roads being surveyed annually and a programme of works agreed.

Around £800k will be spent on inspecting, strengthening and maintaining bridges, culverts and walls and £500k will be earmarked for the 2018/19 phase of the borough wide streetlights upgrade programme.

The Council has also received additional funding from successful bids for DfT funding schemes for specific projects.

This includes over £500k for potholes repairs in 2018/19 and almost £900k as part of a joint bid with Leeds, Kirklees and Bradford to replace or repair drainage gullies in flood prone areas

Funding for schemes and initiatives to improve road safety and support wider health benefits have also been allocated almost £1 million from the DfT.

This will include schemes to improve air quality and encourage active travel such as cycling or walking.

The Council will also receive funding of over £1m from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire Transport Fund for major work around plans for Elland train station, the A646 and A58 road networks and improvements in north east Calderdale.