Annual road maintenance survey for 2017 finds further decline in local road network

The 22nd Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey is published on 28th March 2017. I’ve followed this annual survey on the state of our roads for many years. We don’t seem to be making much of an impression on the road repair backlog.

Alan Mackenzie, Chairman of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), comments on the Local Government Association’s statement on 2017 potentially becoming a tipping point for local roads:

“Prolonged under investment, coupled with wetter winters, increased traffic and an ageing network, means that the resilience of our local roads is at a low point. Clearing the maintenance backlog is impossible without a significant increase in funding.”

“The fact remains that our local road network receives only a fraction of the funding allocated to the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and this disparity needs to be tackled proactively if further decline is to be prevented.”

The 2017 survey report contains plenty of data to digest. Here’s the table of the key findings from the report, click on image to expand.

One thought on “Annual road maintenance survey for 2017 finds further decline in local road network

  1. Could we go back to calling the car tax a road fund licence and actually use it for that. Silly suggestion I know, it all gets swallowed up in other government wastage.

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