2012 Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey

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.

  2012 2011 2010
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.

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