23 March 2020

25 years of ALARM and still no silver lining

The findings of this year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey indicate that, while a step in the right direction, the Chancellor’s additional £2.5 billion pothole pledge is not enough to plug the gap in local road maintenance budgets, let alone the rising backlog of repairs.  Now in its 25th year, the ALARM survey, […]

11 March 2020


“Over £1 billion has been wasted chasing and filling potholes on local roads over the last decade[1]. What’s needed is sustained investment in effective road maintenance to improve the condition of our local roads and help prevent potholes forming in the first place. “The £2.5 billion extra funding over five years announced by the Chancellor […]

14 January 2020

Investment needed in local roads

COMMENT FROM THE ASPHALT INDUSTRY ALLIANCE ON THE NEED TO INVEST IN THE LOCAL ROAD NETWORK “Over £1 billion has been spent on chasing and filling potholes over the last decade* – what a waste. What’s needed is investment in effective road maintenance, which will improve the condition of our roads and help prevent potholes […]

28 October 2019

Response to the TSC’s report

“We agree with the Transport Select Committee’s report and the Government’s response on the need for a long-term approach to investment in highways maintenance.

4 September 2019

Statement following the Chancellor’s Spending Review Statement

Statement following the Chancellor’s Spending Review Statement

1 July 2019

Comment from AIA on Transport Select Committee’s report ‘Local roads funding and maintenance: filling the gap’

“With our own ALARM survey highlighting that there is a highway maintenance backlog of more than £9 billion, it’s no surprise that the Transport Select Committee has concluded that the local road network needs investment. “Local roads are the lifeblood of our economy and communities and we support the Committee’s call for a significant and […]

26 March 2019

Local roads investment still falling short

There are signs that an increase in local authority highway maintenance budgets is stemming the decline in the condition of the local road network, but the increased investment is still falling short of the amount needed to maintain local roads to target conditions. This year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, published today (March […]

6 March 2019

Statement from AIA Chairman, Rick Green, regarding DfT announcement of consultation on new asphalt standards

The Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey has highlighted for many years the impact of utility reinstatements on local authorities’ carriageway maintenance budgets.

8 February 2019

Longer term approach to local roads funding needed

The long-range UK weather forecast suggests that there will be an early end to winter, but for local authorities dealing with the impact of last week’s cold snap on road conditions, the outlook remains gloomy.

21 December 2018

Keeping local roads funding on the agenda

It’s been a busy few months for the AIA. Our Chairman Rick Green and Directors David Giles and Malcolm Simms have been involved in numerous public affairs engagements, media interviews, and industry conferences in our efforts to keep the link between local roads funding and conditions firmly on the agenda. In addition, the findings of […]