Annual independent survey

Each year the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) commissions an independent survey of local authority highways departments in England and Wales.
The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM) aims to take a snapshot of the general condition of the local road network, providing a means of tracking any improvement or deterioration. At the same time, questions are asked related to funding, the type of maintenance carried out and the issue affecting maintenance service levels, to help provide context to the results.
By collating and publishing this information for local authorities, the AIA seeks to give a voice to the views of those responsible for maintaining the vast majority of the road network.
The 2017 ALARM survey – the 22nd report – highlights that within the next five years one in six of our local roads will need to be repaired or may even face closure. The cumulative effect of an ageing network, decades of underfunding, increased traffic and wetter winters has led to around 17 per cent of all local roads reported as being in poor structural condition, with less than 5 years of life remaining.