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).