Each year officers and members of the County Council prioritise projects that will help improve highways. The Transport Delivery Plan outlines the work that will be done in a financial year. These projects are taken from strategic plans, such as the Local Transport Plan and Market Town Strategies, as well as more immediate maintenance and safety concerns.

Local Highways Improvement Initiative (LHI)

The Council is keen to work with local communities to help deliver local improvements to their highways and streets. This initiative invites community groups to submit a proposal for funding from the LHI fund and gives local people a real influence over highway improvements in their community.

Schemes are delivered on a jointly funded basis with applicants able to apply up to £10,000 as a contribution to their scheme. The applicant is expected to provide a minimum contribution towards each project of at least 10% of the total scheme cost. This enables applicants to deliver minor improvements for as little as £500.

The LHI initiative was reviewed and changes agreed at the Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday 7 July 2015.

The closing date for LHI applications for implementation during 2017-18 has now passed. If you have submitted an application you will be contacted in due course.

LHI Application Guidance Notes


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Third party funded projects

If an improvement is not in the Transport Delivery Plan or was not successful in securing LHI funding, a community can take action to fund the improvement independently. This could be for improved signing and road markings, speed limit changes or increased parking controls, for example.


Once a community has gained support from their parish council and secured funding for the proposed project, which may include maintenance costs, the council will work with them to make the improvements in accordance with its approved schedule of highway charges and fees.

Community Highways Volunteering Scheme

Volunteers can help to improve their local neighbourhood through small scale highway maintenance works. The Community Highways Volunteering Scheme creates the conditions whereby Parishes, Towns and Community Groups can undertake certain routine maintenance activities, such as:

  • Litter picking
  • Cutting back vegetation
  • Cleaning signs 
  • Siding out of footpaths

Two information packs (one for Cambridge City and one for the rest of the county) have been created to help you learn more about the scheme and arrange to get involved:

Please also find some useful Frequently Asked Questions about our scheme:

Community Highways Volunteering Scheme FAQs

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