17 November 2022


Please attribute comment to AIA Chair, Rick Green: “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 road network will […]

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.

18 August 2021

Paving the way for lower carbon roadworks

The Government’s low carbon agenda has moved another step forward with today’s announcement by Highways England to encourage the use of Warm Mix Asphalts (WMAs) as standard on our key routes. The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), which represents the asphalt industry, welcomes the move which could help cut the CO2 emissions associated with asphalt production […]

31 March 2021

Inconsistent roads funding leads to quick fixes rather than long term solutions

Maintaining roads to target conditions is still out of reach for local authorities in England and Wales despite an increase in highway maintenance budgets, reports this year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey. The ALARM survey, published today (March 31, 2021) by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), shows that the legacy of inconsistent funding […]

3 March 2021

AIA Chair comments on today’s Budget

“Our local road network has a vital role to play in supporting our communities and economic growth as we reset after the pandemic. What was needed from the Chancellor today was a five-year commitment to investing in local roads, to allow local highway authorities to plan ahead and implement a more cost-effective whole-life approach to […]

15 February 2021

AIA Chair comments on pothole fund allocation

“Potholes are a symptom of an under-appreciated and underfunded network. To keep essential services across the country moving and looking to recovery post-COVID, what’s needed is further sustained investment in effective road maintenance. That will help improve the condition of our local roads to prevent potholes from forming in the first place. “Last year our […]

5 February 2021

Road statistics provide food for thought

Updated road-related statistics are now available to view on RoadFile at www.roadusers.org.uk . Covering topics from road network lengths and funding to traffic volume and regional trends, Roadfile is a hub for publicly available data and is delivered by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA). AIA Chair, Rick Green said “RoadFile is a one-stop resource for […]

19 January 2021

ALARM 2021 local authority submissions will help underpin future decision-making on road maintenance

“This spring will see the publication of the 26th consecutive Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which investigates the effects of funding and maintenance levels on the condition of local roads across England and Wales, as well as the funding necessary to deliver against targets. “ALARM helps to keep the issue of local road […]

15 January 2021

AIA Chair Rick Green calls for more support for local roads

“The last 12 months have been challenging for those responsible for maintaining our roads. Quite rightly they have been described as the “hidden heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic”[1], as they worked tirelessly to ensure that roads played a vital role in keeping the country functioning, supporting the emergency services and enabling the distribution of food […]

25 November 2020

Comment on implications for local roads following Autumn 2020 Spending Review

Rick Green, Chair, Asphalt Industry Alliance, commented: “Our local roads played a vital role in keeping the country functioning this year, supporting the emergency services and facilitating the distribution of food and goods, and today’s funding announcements reflect that the Government recognises the need to invest in the local road network as we build back […]