The last time I wrote about the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM Survey) was to report of the results of the 2010 survey.
I’ve neglected my duty, and not reported on the survey results for 2011 or 2012. Well, the 2012 survey report is HERE. I’ll let you read it. All I’ll do is pick out three statistics from the last three surveys. They show that we’re not eating into the backlog of road repairs. The survey also shows we’re not carrying proper road resurfacing, just doing the minimum of filling in potholes.
|Shortfall in road structural budget||£627m||£686m||£666m|
|Time to clear maintenance backlog||11yrs||11yrs||11.5yrs|
|% believing underfunding a road safety issue||92%||89%||89%|
I should say that Surrey County Council have changed their approach to this problem, with road maintenance improving after allocating more funds to it. Also, they have a new and more effective highways contractor in May Gurney.