April 3, 2014 – Asphalt Industry Alliance
The 19th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey reports that the estimated cost to get the local road network in England and Wales back into reasonable condition has increased to £12 billion (from £10.5 billion in 2013)
For the second year in a row, more than two million potholes (2,010,749) were filled in England and Wales over the course of the previous year.
The damage caused by this winter’s record rainfall, however, is predicted to have counteracted much of that work, with highways departments anticipating worse road condition to come and the higher one-time catch-up cost of £12 billion. Authorities in England have been affected the worst, reporting this estimated one-time cost as 30 per cent higher than last year, at an average of £90 million per authority.