It would take local authorities 13 years to clear the backlog in repairs due to England’s roads and cost an average of £47m per authority to repair them fully in one hit, according to a new report published today.
The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) covers the roads in England and Wales maintained by local authority highways departments.
Compiled by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) it describes the state of Britain’s roads as a “crisis,” and said the backlog is growing despite a reduction in the budget shortfall suffered by local authorities.
“Our current crisis relates to historical underfunding that has led to continuing poor road conditions over a number of years,” said the AIA’s chairman Mike Linley, “and there has been no significant commitment to stopping the rot.”
The state of our roads:
- £861m shortfall in road maintenance budget- 13 years to clear the maintenance backlog in England- 968,195 potholes filled in the last year- £65 average cost to fill each pothole- £63.2m spent filling potholes last year- £35.1m paid in road user compensation claims in England and Wales