This year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey reports early signs that an increase in local authority highway maintenance budgets is beginning to stem the decline in the condition of the local road network.
Nevertheless, increased investment is still falling short of the amount needed to maintain local roads to target conditions, with years of underfunding leading to a local road network on the edge and a one-time catch-up cost which continues to rise.
For the second consecutive year, ALARM reports that local authorities’ highway maintenance budgets have increased by almost 20 per cent. For councils in England and London this included a share of £420 million additional funding allocated in the November 2018 Budget.
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The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) latest ALARM survey reports that that you could drive around the world on the length of local authority roads that could fail in the next 12 months – with cash-strapped local authorities reporting that more than 24,400 miles of road could need maintenance in the next year.
Now in its 23rd year, ALARM also highlights that the gap between local authority highway maintenance funding in 2017/18 and the amount needed to keep the carriageway in reasonable order was almost £556 million. This is equivalent to a shortfall of £3.3 million for every local authority in England and Wales.
It would now take 14 years and more than £9.3 billion to get local roads back into a steady state, if adequate funds and resources were available.
Click here to download ALARM 2018
March 28, 2017 – Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey 2017
The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) latest ALARM survey reports that that within the next five years one in six of our roads will need to be repaired, or even closed. The cumulative effect of an ageing network, decades of underfunding, increased traffic and wetter winters has led to around 17 per cent of all local roads reported as being in poor structural condition, with less than 5 years of life remaining.
The 22nd annual ALARM Survey ALARM also reports local authorities need over £12 billion to bring the network up to scratch – a figure that has remained largely unchanged for four years. The gap between the amount councils received and the amount they say they need to keep the carriageway in reasonable order is now almost £730 million.
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Roadfile provides a credible source of information for UK road-related statistics. It offers a useful hub of collated data to highlight the important role the road network plays in our keeping communities connected and in supporting the economy. The updates website, now supported by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) now contains 2016 figures.
Go to: http://www.roadusers.org.uk
March 23 , 2016 – Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey 2016
The 21st annual ALARM Survey highlights that decades of underfunding continues to take its toll on local roads.
Underfunding, severe weather and increased traffic are relentlessly undermining the resilience of the local road network in England and Wales. The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) latest ALARM survey reports that that local authority highways maintenance budgets have dropped by 16 per cent on 2015. Correspondingly, the increase in average budget shortfalls – the difference between the money highways teams need to keep the carriageway in reasonable order and the amount they actually receive – has risen by almost 50 per cent (from £3.2 million in 2015 to £4.6 million in 2016).
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March 1, 2016 – Roadfile releases its latest research data – providing an overview of the key issues relating to roads.
Roadfile, provides a reliable source of information for all road related statistics, including road traffic figures.
Roadfile, now delivered by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), supports the role the road network plays in our society and economy. Each section of the data draws upon the most up-to-date information available from a wide range of official sources including, among others, the Department for Transport, Her Majesty’s Treasury, and the European Commission.
March 26, 2015 – Asphalt Industry Alliance
The 20th annual ALARM Survey highlights that, while we are moving in the right direction, a big task remains to bring the local road network up to scratch.
April 3, 2014 – Asphalt Industry Alliance
The 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey reports that the estimated cost to get the local road network in England and Wales back into reasonable condition has increased to £12 billion (from £10.5 billion in 2013)
For the second year in a row, more than two million potholes (2,010,749) were filled in England and Wales over the course of the previous year.
The damage caused by this winter’s record rainfall, however, is predicted to have counteracted much of that work, with highways departments anticipating worse road condition to come and the higher one-time catch-up cost of £12 billion. Authorities in England have been affected the worst, reporting this estimated one-time cost as 30 per cent higher than last year, at an average of £90 million per authority.
The full ALARM Survey 2014 is available to view or download here.
14 October 2013
The APPG has launched its report calling for urgent action to counteract the deterioration of local roads. In the report, ‘managing a valuable asset: improving local road condition’ the Group draws on its understanding of how this situation has arisen and what can be done to rectify it.
Local roads are vital to everyone’s daily lives and account for more than 95 per cent of the country’s network. The responsibility for a safe and efficient local road network lies with councils, whose service is funded both centrally and locally.
If action is not taken quickly, the expense of not doing so will continue to rise as roads require more serious structural repair, complete replacement or even closure. We need planned, preventative maintenance over the long term in order to bring our roads into a satisfactory steady state. This will require both more funding and more secure funding for periodic and structural maintenance, along with more efficient use of funding through asset management principals.
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