Key Facts

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  • Asphalt roads account for over 95% of all UK roads.
  • Over 20 million tonnes of asphalt for use in construction and maintenance is produced every year in the UK from nearly 300 plants and depots.
  • Asphalt is 100% recyclable.
  • In 2022, there were 245,100 miles of road in Great Britain: 2,300 miles of motorway; 29,600 miles of trunk A-roads; and 213,200 miles of minor roads (Source: DfT).
  • In England, the strategic road network (SRN), managed by Highways England, represents 2.7% of the network. The remaining 97.3% is managed by local authorities.
  • Funding provided for local road maintenance by the DfT in 2022/23 to English local authorities was around 0.5% of its total asset value (£400 billion).
  • The AIA’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenace Survey report 2023 highlighted that £14.02 billion is needed to bring local roads in England and Wales up to a condition that would allow them to be managed cost effectively going forward as part of a proactive management approach.