Alliance calls for priority on local roads funding

The poor road surface on the Alnmouth to Foxton road.

The poor road surface on the Alnmouth to Foxton road.

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The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) is calling on whoever makes up the next government to recognise the importance of making a commitment to local road funding.

AIA chairman Alan Mackenzie said: “Our recently-published Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey shows that current funding is only enough for local authorities to keep pace with repairs and will not prevent continuing deterioration.

“Recent research commissioned by the RAC Foundation, however, highlights that tackling the condition of roads and pavements is seen by British adults as the single most important transport priority for the next government. Given this, it is disappointing to see that there is little – if any – reference to roads in the election manifestos of the main political parties.

“Our local road network represents 98 per cent of all our roads and carries two-thirds of traffic yet receives a fraction of the funding allocated to the strategic road network.

“Under current funding commitments, every mile of our motorways and trunk roads will receive £1.4million funding over the next six years while our local roads will see just £31,000 per mile.

“This is only enough for local authorities to keep pace with repairs, but will do nothing to tackle the backlog or prevent continuing deterioration. It is critical that any incoming government recognises the importance of the funding commitments that are already in place, and the need to reach a position where our roads are maintained properly.”

The AIA produces the ALARM survey to provide a detailed picture of the condition of the local road network and enable insightful analysis of road maintenance and funding issues. This year’s survey can be downloaded at www.asphaltuk.org