Challenge Fund tranche 2B

The Department for Transport have invited applications for tranche 2b of challenge funding.

This tranche of challenge funding will be available for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021, with a total of £198 million on offer. Local authorities will be able to bid for projects that will carry out improvements to the quality of roads and surrounding infrastructure, including bridges and viaducts, to benefit the local economy and make driving safer.

The purpose of the fund is to enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has applied for a £4.04 million scheme to repair and replace the following retaining walls, two of which form part of the resilient network:

  • A666 Cadshaw embankment and retaining wall
  • A675 Grange Brook retaining wall
  • Greenbank terrace embankment

The works will serve to prevent long-term traffic restrictions as a result of further deterioration of the walls.