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 2016 ALARM survey – the 21st report – paints an unsettling picture: decades of underfunding, severe weather and increased traffic are relentlessly undermining the resilience of the local road network in England and Wales.