The county council is to receive £24m of government funding towards a £32m package for the maintenance of the county's rural road network.

The chancellor announced the funding his 2016 budget.

The funding follows an innovative bid by the county council to the government's local growth fund. It will support maintenance on rural roads feeding into the centres of growth around Catterick Garrison, Malton and Norton, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Harrogate, Northallerton and Thirsk.

The money will be provided over five years, from 2016-17 to 2020-21, with £5m available in each of the first four years and £4m in the final year. The government funding will be supplemented by an additional £8m from the county council's reserves, demonstrating the high priority the council gives to highway maintenance. This builds on more than £14m of additional funding the council has invested in road maintenance over the last two years.

We have previously prioritised maintenance of busier A and B roads between market towns and major centres, which are now generally in a good condition. More recently it shifted its focus to rural roads, where good connections between our towns and villages are also vital for the county's continued economic vitality.

Full business case

You can read the  category 4 road maintenance - full business case here (pdf / 6 MB).