The highway asset management sets out how the Council will best manage its highway network. This considers customer needs, local priorities, asset condition and the best use of available resources.

Maintenance Challenge Fund

This is to enable local highway authorities in England to bid for major maintenance projects that are otherwise difficult to fund through the usual Government allocations.

This tranche is available for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021. A total of £198 million is on offer. Local authorities can bid for projects that benefit the local economy and make driving safer by improving the quality of roads and surrounding infrastructure, including bridges and viaducts.

Highway assets have an optimal operational lifespan, after which they deteriorate. It is clear that some of this country's existing highway assets may now be moving to more costly stages of their natural life-cycle with some components already reaching the end of their serviceable life. In addition to the natural ageing process of highway infrastructure, the life-cycle of the asset has in places deteriorated at a faster rate than perhaps originally envisaged, sometimes as a result of past under-investment, as well as severe weather events which have compounded the problems.

The roads network is a vital lifeline which needs to be enhanced and maintained. The government is committed to upgrading and renewing local road infrastructure so, through the challenge fund, it is encouraging local authorities to invest in these roads and make journeys safer.

Kirklees Council have put forward two bids:

  • A joint bid with Calderdale for the resurfacing and drainage improvements on the A62 Leeds Road between Bradley lights and Cooper Bridge Roundabout and the Stabilization of A6024 Woodhead Road at Holme Moss
  • The worst top 10 unclassified roads within the Kirklees district.

Incentive fund

In December 2014, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that £6 billion would be made available between 2015/16 and 2020/21 for local highways maintenance capital funding. In November 2015 a further £250 million was announced for a dedicated Pothole Action Fund.

From this funding, £578 million has been set aside for an Incentive Fund scheme, to reward councils who demonstrate they're delivering value for money in carrying out cost effective improvements.

Each local highway authority in England (excluding London) is invited to complete an annual self-assessment questionnaire. This established how much of the incentive fund they were eligible for between 2015/16 and 2020/21.

The Department for Transport has made it clear that local authorities aren't competing with each other for funding, but are demonstrating that efficiency measures are being pursued in order to receive their full share of the funding.

The incentive funding awarded to each local highway authority will be based on their score in this questionnaire, and will be relative to the amount currently received through the needs-based funding formula.

Incentive Fund banding
Year 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2019/20 2019/20 2020/21
Band 1 100% 90% 60% 30% 10% 0%
Band 2 100% 100% 90% 70% 50% 30%
Band 3 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Each authority scores themselves against 22 questions, and place themselves into one of 3 bands on the basis of the available evidence. From 2017/18 authorities in Band 3 will receive their full 100% share of the £578 million, whilst authorities in Band 1 and 2 will receive a reduced percentage of their share. These percentages for Bands 1 and 2 decrease in each subsequent year, with only authorities in Band 3 being awarded their full share of the funding.

The questions enable authorities to assess their progress on the journey to the implementation of good practice. This is to create an environment for effective and efficient delivery so that capital funding can maximise its return. Underpinning this is the needs of stakeholders and communicating the importance of the highway service and the needs for well-maintained highways.

Each authority needs to complete each of the 22 questions.

National Productivity Investment Fund

The Government's Autumn Statement 2016 announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund to provide £23 billion of additional spending, ensuring the UK's economy is fit for the future. The fund will provide major additional spending in areas that are key to boosting productivity: transport, digital communications, research and development, and housing.

The Department for Transport has allocated a grant from the National Productivity Investment Fund for local highway and other local transport improvements which aim to:

  • reduce congestion at key locations
  • upgrade or improve the maintenance of local highway assets
  • improve access to employment and housing
  • develop economic and job creation opportunities

The funding allocated to each local highway authority in England outside London in 2017/18 is based on a formula using data provided by each authority regarding the assets for which they are responsible.

We have worked with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to determine distribution of the grant which is in two broad areas and totals £0.97m for schemes to be implemented through Kirklees highways.

£0.134m to supplement the Integrated Transport grant programme. Within Kirklees this benefits:

  • Cycling, walking and safer roads scheme programmes

£0.836m for additional schemes that satisfy the funding guidelines. Within Kirklees this benefits:

  • Flood Management - drainage improvements to reduce delay and disruption
  • Traffic signal works to improve network efficiency
  • Road surfacing on roads that give access to employment, housing and town centre shopping, particularly at:
    • Parkside / Bradford Road, Cleckheaton
    • Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield
    • Morley Lane, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield
    • Fartown Green Road, Fartown, Huddersfield

Highway assets

The 2004 County Surveyors' Society Framework for Highway Asset Management definition is:

  • "Asset Management is a strategic approach that identifies the optimal allocation of resources for the management, operation, preservation and enhancement of the highway infrastructure to meet the needs of current and future customers."

More simply, it is knowing all about our assets and using that information to plan and prioritise how we look after them. To do this efficiently and effectively and to provide best value for money we need to know:

  • What type of asset is it, for example, road, bridge, street light?
  • Where is the asset located?
  • Why is it there, how does it assist the network management and operation?
  • When will it need to be inspected, maintained or replaced?
  • How long will it last? How much will it cost to replace or repair, now and over its life?
  • Who is responsible for it and who will be carrying out any necessary work?

Highway assets managed by Kirklees Council

Highways, Carriageways
Asset element Asset quantity, Kilometres
A roads 210
B and C classified roads 240
Unclassified roads 1450
Total 1900
Highways, footways and cycleways
Asset element Asset quantity, kilometres
Primary walking route 29
Secondary walking route 65
Link footways 76
Local access footways 2129
Cycleways 34
Total 2333
Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC)
Asset element Asset quantity
Traffic signal junctions 132
Puffin crossing 90
Toucan crossing 3
Wig Wag 2
Total 227
Asset element Asset quantity
Bridges, with a span greater than 1.5 metres 212
Tunnel 1
Retaining wall, estimate 400
Footbridge 215
Culverts, with a span greater than 1.5 metres 94
Subway 8
Other structures, mast arm, sign gantries etc. 11
Other structures, with a span greater than 1.5 metres, with partial liability i.e. 3rd party bridges or culverts carrying adopted highways 143
Total 1084
Street lighting
Asset element Asset quantity
Lighting columns 50213
Illuminated bollards 2075
Illuminated signs 5466
Zebra crossings 432
Feeder pillars 251
Refuge island beacons 285
Variable message signs 12
Subway units 85
Total 58805
Other asset group
Asset element Asset quantity
Highway drains, estimate 250 kilometres
Highway gullies and connections 75653
Surface water pumping station 1
Highway trash grilles 60
Non-illuminated road signs Not measured
Road restraining systems, crash barriers Not measured
Pedestrian guardrail Not measured
Trees Not measured
Verges 2500000 metre squared

Policies and procedures

  • Safety Inspection Manual
    Please see the Safety Inspection Manual 2018.
  • Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Policy and Strategy
    This sets out how we will best manage the highway network. It takes into consideration customer needs, local priorities, asset condition and best use of available resources.
  • Winter maintenance service policy
    Policy outlining the winter maintenance service for Kirklees. This service is carried out in order to allow all road users to move about as safely as possible and to help minimise the disruptive effect of severe weather.
  • Highway maintenance plan
    The Highway Maintenance Plan sets out the operational requirements to maintain the network and identifies the resource requirements to deliver the maintenance service.

Levels of service

Levels of service are one way in which the council can determine if it is meeting customer expectations and its statutory obligations in the delivery of its highways asset management service. They enable the council to

  • Ensure that operational activities actively support the achievement of the council's strategic goals
  • Determine if adequate focus is given to what is important to the customer
  • Evaluate priorities and value for money
  • Document and measure the service provided
Network safety
Aim Headline outcomes Links with Council Vision Links with We're Kirklees
  • Asset management makes a positive contribution towards a safe network
  • Meeting users needs for safety
  • Complying with statutory obligations
  • Great quality of life
  • Better health
  • Maximising the welfare of our residents
  • People stay safe and well
Network serviceability
Aim Headline outcomes Links with Council Vision Links with We're Kirklees
  • The performance of each asset in the highway contributes to meeting stakeholder expectations
  • Ensuring availability
  • Ensuring accessibility
  • Achieving integrity
  • Maintaining reliability
  • Resilience
  • Managing condition
  • Thriving communities
  • Growing businesses
  • High prosperity
  • Provide a consistent level of basic services to meet community needs
Network sustainability
Aim Headline outcomes Links with Council Vision Links with We're Kirklees
  • Affordable management of the highway that with reduced impact on the environment
  • Minimising cost over time
  • Maximising the value of the economy
  • Maximising environmental contribution
  • Strong sustainable economy
  • Innovative solutions
  • Target limited resources as appropriate
  • Meet community needs
Customer service
Aim Headline outcomes Links with Council Vision Links with We're Kirklees
  • Best value
  • Local focus
  • Informed consultation
  • Levels of service
  • Information
  • Thriving communities
  • Growing businesses
  • Meet community needs


There is a need for local engagement mechanisms to ensure the asset management approach is understood. Understanding the needs and expectations of stakeholders provides the information needed to determine and review the service provided. This informs our asset management activities.

Customer satisfaction

We commission annual surveys of customer satisfaction and analyses trends to benchmark and diagnose performance and identify potential for improvement.

Works programme

We have a scheme prioritisation process for all major assets, aligned to the asset management strategy. A programme of works for all assets is approved for one to two years and looking forward there is an indicative programme for three to five years.


In total, the government is spending a record £6.1 billion on local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21, giving councils long-term certainty for the first time to plan future work with the aim of preventing potholes and improving local roads, bridges and street lighting.

As part of this investment, the Pothole Action Fund will give local authorities in England an average £50 million a year to help them tackle more than 4 million potholes. Funding is calculated according to the size of the local road network in the area and the Kirklees allocation was £941,000 in 2018/19. Each year a summary report shows where this sum was invested.

In the Budget 2018 the Chancellor announced £420 million additional capital funding in 2018/19 for Highway Authorities to tackle potholes, repair damaged roads, and invest in keeping bridges open and safe.

The Kirklees allocation was £2,711,000. It was a condition of the funding that it was used by the end of March 2019. The additional funding was allocated where condition surveys show the greatest need and that was to our Local Community Roads (the unclassified road network).

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