Title: 2019 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey
Date uploaded: 11th April 2019
Date published/launched: March 2019
Asphalt Industry Alliance
The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) commissions an annual survey of highways departments in all local authorities in England and Wales to build a picture of the general condition of local roads.
The 2019 survey shows that – for a second consecutive year – local authorities’ highway maintenance budgets have increased by almost 20%.
For councils in England (including London), this included a share of £420m additional funding allocated in the November 2018 budget.
As a consequence of the additional funding, the total number of potholes filled in 2018 rose by 24% to 1.86m – the equivalent of one pothole being repaired every 17 seconds.
Despite this, the survey estimates the ‘one-time catch-up cost’ to get roads in England and Wales back into reasonable condition has risen to £9.79bn – a slight increase from the £9.31bn reported in 2018.
The survey also shows that the number of roads considered to be in ‘poor condition’ – meaning they have less than five years’ life remaining – has risen to 21% in England (up from 18%), and in London from 23% to 26%.
However, the picture in Wales is better, where the number of roads classed as poor has fallen from 17% to 12%.
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