Challenges facing our local roads – speakers included the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) Chairman, Alan Mackenzie, AIA Technical Director, Malcolm Simms and the Institute of Highways Engineers’ (IHE) Chief Executive, Richard Hayes.
Alan set out the key findings from the Annual Local Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey 2017. The report highlights how the cumulative effects of an aging network, decades of underfunding, increased traffic and wetter winters are impacting on the resilience of local roads.
Malcolm reviewed product specification and how best to approach this vital area in a post-Brexit world and Richard set out the recruitment and retention challenges facing the roads sector in a time of increasing uncertainty.
The Chairman also asked Charlie Elphicke MP, to speak about the FairFuelUK group’s report, commissioned from CEBR, on the economic effects of road investment.