Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey

2023 Survey reports no respite for local roads

Every year the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) commissions an independent survey of local authority highway departments in England (including London) and Wales.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey – now in its 28th year – provides detailed insight into the funding and conditions of the local road network, based on information provided directly by those responsible for its maintenance. This year it received a record number of responses from 75% of local authorities in England and Wales, providing robust findings which are used by stakeholders across the sector for tracking, benchmarking and planning purposes.

ALARM 2023 reports that local authority highway teams in England and Wales only received around two-thirds of what they needed to stop our local roads from further deterioration and that more than £14 billion – £68,000 for every mile of local road – is now needed to fix the backlog of carriageway repairs.