1 September 2020

Rick Green, Chair of the Asphalt Industry Alliance, comments on the recent DfT announcement to carry out road audit to map potholes:

“The Government’s announcement to carry out a road audit to map the location of the country’s potholes will certainly highlight the scale of the problem.

“Identifying millions of potholes, however, is not really the problem. As our Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey illustrates, the issue is long-term underfunding and the resulting £11 billion road repairs backlog in England and Wales.

“Properly funding authorities to maintain local roads would help stop potholes forming in the first place and should be the priority.”

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