15 July 2024

Comment on the appointment of new Future of Roads Minister Lilian Greenwood MP and the key challenges ahead re improving local road conditions

“We look forward to working with the new Ministerial team at the DfT on efforts to improve the condition of our local road network and acknowledge Labour’s manifesto promise to ‘maintain and renew our road network’, through investment. “However, given the £14.4 billion highway repair backlog in England alone reported in our Annual Local Authority […]

19 June 2024

AIA appoints David Giles as new chair

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has today (Wednesday 19 June) announced the appointment of a new Chair. David Giles, UK Director at Continental Bitumen, part of the Colas group of companies, has taken over from Rick Green who is retiring after seven years in the position and following a 40-year career. The AIA is a […]

5 October 2023

AIA responds to Government commitments to invest in road resurfacing

Commenting on Government announcements to redirect transport investment, including £8.3 billion into road resurfacing to ‘end the scourge of potholes’, Rick Green, Chair of the Asphalt Industry Alliance said: ““Funding for the local road network has fallen short for many years resulting in declining conditions and a rising bill to put it right. “Local roads […]

12 September 2023

Working for better roads: A call for the re-instatement of targeted and accountable support for local road maintenance   

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Better Roads has issued a report calling for central government to re-instate effective ring-fencing and multi-year settlements for local road maintenance.
The report – researched and part-funded by the AIA, which jointly supports the APPG – draws on a review of the Pothole Action Fund (2015/16-2020/21) using data from the AIA’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey reports. It demonstrates that the Pot Hole Action Fund was a successful policy which contributed to marked improvements in the overall structural conditions on the local road network – but since its replacement gains made have been lost.

12 August 2023

Comment on LGA pothole repair funding in UK

Commenting on the LGA’s analysis that highway maintenance funding in UK is one of lowest in OECD AIA Chair, Rick Green said: “It’s no surprise that the Local Government Association’s (LGA) analysis has found UK highway maintenance budgets at the low end of the OECD scale. The picture of managed decline reflects the findings of […]

12 May 2023

Road statistics highlight reliance on local roads

Traffic on local roads is returning to pre-pandemic levels faster than on either the strategic road network or railways.

15 March 2023

Comment on Spring Budget 2023

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, AIA Chair Rick Green said: “The additional £200m one-off payment for local roads in England is welcome, but it’s a fraction of the amount local authorities have reported over decades that they need to keep their networks to target conditions, let alone tackle the backlog of carriageway repairs. “The […]

13 January 2023

National Pothole Day

Commenting on National Pothole Day AIA Chair, Rick Green said: “It’s important to stress that, from a highway engineering perspective, potholes are not inevitable. “They are the result of poorly maintained roads due to long term under-funding. Repeatedly filling potholes is indicative of a network on the edge and is less efficient when it comes […]

17 November 2022

Comment on the Autumn Budget 2022

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, AIA Chair Rick Green said: “It’s promising that the Chancellor’s speech today recognised the importance of sustained investment in infrastructure to keep the country connected, drive economic prosperity and support levelling-up. What remains to be seen is the level of funding that maintaining existing assets, including our vital local […]

15 February 2022

“Making Warm the Norm” – the case for Warm Mix Asphalts bolstered by award nomination

Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) partners – MPA Asphalt (Mineral Products Association) and Eurobitume UK– in conjunction with National Highways – secured a nomination for a prestigious sustainability award.