Additional transport funding

In 2018 additional funds were allocated to local authorities as follows:

  • Local transport capital block funding (Flood Resilience Fund)
    The Secretary of State for Transport announced on Monday 26 March 2018 that a further £100m of funding was being provided to help repair potholes and to protect local roads from severe weather. Telford & Wrekin Council received an additional allocation of £347,983, from the pothole and flood resilience funding in March and April 2019.
  • Local transport capital funding 2018/2019 financial year
    The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget 2018, that the Government was allocating a further £420 million in the 2018/2019 financial year for local highways maintenance, including the repair of potholes, to keep local bridges and structures open and safe, as well as to help aid other minor highway works that may be needed. This new capital funding represented a significant extra investment in road maintenance and is on top of the funding already allocated to highway authorities in 2018/2019. Telford & Wrekin Council received an additional allocation of £1,530,000 in November 2018.

The total additional funding received was £1,877,983.

Telford & Wrekin Council used this additional funding to target repairs to the most deteriorated sections of carriageway across the borough using a variety or approaches. A number of innovative methods were used and the funding was used for reactive, proactive and planned works.

Spray Injection patching - £115,057

Spray Injection patching is an innovative repair method used on the rural network in Telford. Suitable sites are identified by highways inspectors in August and February and a programme of repairs are planned in September and March. The machine uses high pressure air to clean potholes, then sprays a combination of bitumen and stone to fill the potholes.

View further information about this process on YouTube.

A total of 1,286 potholes were repaired using this process.

Thermal Repair System - £122,988

To supplement the work of our existing pothole repair gangs, an additional resource was commissioned to carry out permanent pothole repairs on the urban network between May and October. The thermal repair system is an innovative machine that uses an infra-red heater to warm the road prior so that operatives can make in situ repairs using the existing tarmac along with small amounts of additional tarmac and bitumen.

View further information about this process on Vimeo website.

A total of 1,581 potholes were repaired using this process.

Masterscreed and Ironmaster - £93,555

Works were carried out on:

  • B4394 near Walcot
  • A41 Stafford Road Roundabout
  • A41/A518 Roundabout
  • A518 Chetwynd Aston Roundabout
  • A41 Chester Road.

View further information about the ironmaster and masterscreed process.

A total of 1,100 m2 of road was overlaid and 40 gullies were replaced.

Rejuvo - £116,980

Rejuvo surface treatments are a proprietary surface treatment used as a proactive repair for local roads. The treatment is used primarily on housing estates where there is low traffic volumes. The repair involves an overlay of cold micro asphalt which is targeted on areas of road where the road surface is deteriorating but is still structurally sound. The following sites were treated:

This table shows the location, description of work and SQM EJUVO.
Location Description of work SQM EJUVO
Dulwich Grange, Bratton Rejuvophalt £685.98
Sunnymead, Sutton Hill Rejuvophalt £1140.65
Coalport Road, Madeley Rejuvophalt £2182.73
Brindleyford, Brookside Rejuvophalt £1093.14
Caynton, Stirchley Rejuvophalt £448.75
Avenue Road South, Newport Rejuvophalt £987.42
Avenue Road, Newport Rejuvopatch £162
Townsend Croft, Donnington Rejuvophalt £1050
Harley Close, Dothill Rejuvophalt £1465.7
Coppice Drive, High Ercall Rejuvophalt £2821.24
Oakfield Road, Shawbirch Rejuvopatch £191.74
Span Meadow, Shawbirch Rejuvopatch £93.31

A total of 12,300 m2 of road was overlaid

View further information about this process on the JPCS website, please download a copy of the before and after photos.

Reactive works strategy winter 2018/2019

Following a review of pothole performance the following strategy was implemented from January 2019. This will enabled Telford & Wrekin Council to be more reactive, with better resources, whilst ensuring a better quality of repair.

Previous approach

It has been identified that permanent patch repairs during the winter months do not have longevity due to the incorrect temperature of material being laid from a cold vehicle. It is recognised that small permanent patches at 1 m2 for example, especially those identified for a 24-hour repair, were particularly inefficient and not cost effective.

2018/2019 Strategy – overview

In order to increase both efficiency and longevity whilst controlling costs the following actions were implemented:

  • Two hot box gangs – These gangs addressed small-medium defect repairs, anything from 1 m2 to 20 m2. The use of the hotbox (a vehicle with a heated hopper to keep tarmac at the optimum temperature) ensured a better quality repair over the winter months.
  • Reactive paving crew – This gang included larger items of plant such as a paver, roller and paver as well as more operatives. This gang was used 1-2 weeks every month and targeted larger areas of resurfacing and patching on a reactive basis. The gang carried out approximately 100 m2 of repairs per day.
  • Inspectors will change the way in which they specify and order works. This will increase throughput, improve longevity and reduce costs. This revised approach will endeavour to ensure that all potholes are permanently repaired rather than filled with a bagged material, maintaining a ‘right first time’ approach. This will also be an added incentive for night work activities for locations such as dual carriageways, where the hotbox can be utilised to carry out a permanent repair.

2018/2019 Strategy – details

Hot Box Gangs (Contractor) x2:

  • Crew will comprise of 5 operatives, which includes Traffic Management.
  • Capability to lay up to 2.5 tons of material per day, approximately 20m2.

Civils Gang (Contractor) x 1

  • Crew will comprise of 2 operatives.
  • Will be primarily reactive.

Reactive Paving Crew (Contractor) x 1

  • Crew will comprise of planer, paver & operatives, which includes Traffic Management.
  • Capability to lay up to 12 tons of material per day, approximately 100m2.

The proposed method of working above is a significant increase in resources typically planned during the winter period and is only achievable due to the additional funding granted by the Department for Transport. The Typical resources used during winter is two gangs with two operatives during January, three gangs with two operatives during February and four gangs with two operatives during March (so in total maximum of 8 operatives operating during March). The 2018/2019 winter model provided 12 operatives, better equipped, to operate January – March with an additional paving gang operating one-two weeks per month. The benefits of this approach were:

  • ability to respond quickly to defects
  • undertake larger patches, working in a better format reducing the likelihood of just ‘filling’ one pothole rather than patching a larger area or picking up a number of defects on a route
  • increased Productivity
  • better quality, therefore reducing the need to revisit.


  • Hotbox Crews £207,000
    Over the 2018/2019 winter the hotbox crews completed a total of 1,669 m2 hot ‘right first time’ repairs. A number of other emergency response and minor works jobs were completed by the civils gang.
  • Paving Crew £169,542
    Over the 2018/2019 winter the paving crew completed a total of 5,709 m2 repairs as follows:
This table shows the overview.
Heatherdale Apley 109
Barnes Wallis Drive Apley 233
Bader Close Apley 35
Kingfisher Way Apley 107
High Street Hadley 123
Cotwall Road High Ercall 103
B5063 Walton 337
B5063 Walton 337
Avondale Road Wellington 170
Pendil Close Wellington 341
Urban Villas St Georges 606
Barnfield Crescent Wellington 297
Legges Way Madeley 281
Marton Drive Wellington 89
Turnstone Drive Leegomery 426
Burford Brookside 168
Plantation Road to B5062 Tibberton 172
Stackyard Ln to Cherrington Grange Cherrington 172
Hadley Road Oakengates 184
Deepdale Hollinswood 296
Water Lane Newport 172
Stafford Street Newport 427
Meese Close Wellington 387
Shifnal Road Priorslee 128
Shutfield Road Aqueduct 174
Limekiln Lane Lilleshall 344
  Total 5,709 m2

Major resurfacing works

During 2018/2019 a number of larger planned schemes were funded by the additional grant funding. These are sites that have re-occurring defects which and are beyond proactive or reactive repairs methods. Investment in large scale resurfacing and reconstruction works was required to improve asset condition. The following sites and outputs were completed:

This table shows the major resurfacing works.
  Cost Patching Resurfacing Reconstruction
A518, Garrison Roundabout £226,338   3906 757
Bayley Road, Arleston £68,712   136 2335
Brunel Road, Malinslee £54,722   332 958
Churncote, Stirchley        
Church Road, Malinslee £43,700   598 432
Mount Road, Malinslee £76,581   1573 232
Holyhead Road, St Georges £108,183   3121 388
Waterloo Road, Ketley £140,627   3686 46
Grainger Drive, Leegomery £13,045 1094    
Leegate Avenue, Leegomery £17,058 269    
Broomfield Road, Newport £35,768 841 766  
Kingsway Crescent, Arleston £54,377 1580    
Lees Farm Dr, Madeley £8,546   263  
Southgate, Sutton Hill £13,728   505  
A442 Shawbirch to Boundary £30,946   552  
Stafford Park 6 £5,950 112    
Tan bank, Wellington £77,239     1350
Totals £979,739 3,784 m2 14,118 m2 5,148 m2
Design and Testing £73,581      
Grand Total £1,053,320      


In summary the total spend was slightly over the original allocation of £1,877,983 but as a direct result of this investment over 4500 potholes were repaired and over 42,000 m2 of road surface were treated or replaced between April 2018 and March 2019.

This table shows the work type and costs.
Works Type Cost Outputs
Patching Crew £169,542.29 5709m2
Winter Strategy £207,000.00 1669 potholes
Spray Injection patching £115,057.08 1286 potholes
Masterscreed and Ironmaster £93,535.22 1100 m2 and 40 gullies
Rejuvo £116,970.81 12,300 m2
Thermal Repairs £122,988.14 1581 potholes
Major £1,053,320.00 23,050 m2
Total £1,878,413.54  

Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund

In October 2019, the Council has applied to the Department for Transport for funds to improve the A442 as part of this fund. 

Last updated: 23/12/2020 15:45

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