ALARM survey highlights concerns over the state of the local road network

March 26 2015  

ALARM survey highlights concerns over the state of the local road network

Each year the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) commissions a survey of highways departments in all local authorities in England and Wales. The aim of the survey is to build a picture of the general condition of local roads and the levels of maintenance activity as well as the levels of funding required to ensure that they are in reasonable condition.

Running for 20 years, the survey for 2015 concludes with some key issues:  one in six of our roads is classed as being in poor condition and local authorities still need over £12 billion, the same amount as last year, to bring the network up to a reasonable condition.

Despite this, there was some good news in the report, in particular that 85% of respondents recongise the benefits of developing asset management plans.

Andrew Hugill, Director of Policy and Technical Affairs said:  "CIHT welcomes the publication of this report as this is based on evidence provided by local authorities and helps highlight that there is a need for long term funding; at a sufficient level to ensure that customers of the highway network receive a good standard of service".

To read the ALARM survey click here.
 

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