Annual independent survey

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, based on information provided directly by those responsible for its maintenance. This provides a means of tracking any improvement or deterioration while responses to questions on funding, the type of maintenance carried out and the issue affecting maintenance service levels, 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 2019 ALARM survey – the 24th annual report – highlights that, overall, local authorities have seen their highway maintenance budgets increase for the second successive year and there are some small signs that this is stemming further decline in local road conditions. Despite these glimmers of hope, the amount needed to bring then local road network up to scratch is now approaching £10 billion.