Additional highways maintenance funding in 2018-19

Wirral Council received an additional £1.4 million of highways maintenance funding from the Department for Transport for 2018-19. The funding is being used for additional work to extend the life of roads and footways. The table below gives a breakdown of how the money will be allocated.

Proposed material Task Funding
Microasphalt Unclassified carriageway treatment £679,435
Dress and Hot-rolled asphalt Unclassified carriageway treatment £350,565
Slurry Proactive footway patching £80,000
Hot-applied Proactive carriageway patching £70,000
Dense bitumen Proactive carriageway patching £110,000
Micro handlay Proactive carriageway patching £175,000
Total £1,465,000

Pothole Action Fund 2018-19

Wirral Council received £563,134 from the Department of Transport’s Pothole Action Fund. This was to spend on permanently fixing potholes or to prevent them from forming in the first place.

As a result the Council has carried out permanent repairs to a total of 4,210 potholes during 2018-19. 1,307m2 of major preventative patching was also carried out.

The remainder of the funding was used to treat 19 roads to prevent further deterioration.

The council had originally budgeted to spend £2,138,000 this financial year on repairing roads. This additional funding has complemented the wider maintenance spend by the authority.

Wirral docks bridges

Wirral Council received a government grant of £6.4m from the Department for Transport under the Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund towards the replacement of two highway bridges on the A554 Tower Road in Birkenhead. 

Work started on site in March 2017 and was completed in 2018.

Challenge Fund application

The grant application documents are available to download: