According to figures released by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, the backlog of carriageway repairs needed to bring UK roads up to standard has reached a staggering 12.64 billion.
The AIA’s annual ALARM survey says that despite an average increase of four percent in highway maintenance budgets last year, the amount spent on re-surfacing is lower because council highway engineers manage to fund the filling of the holes. The AIA says it only ‘addresses symptoms, not remedies’.
“Those responsible for maintaining our local roads are rapidly approaching the point where they are no longer rocking but sinking,” said AIA Chair Rick Green. “They have a legal obligation to keep our roads safe, but in the real sense, allocating flat funds for carriageway maintenance – and rising costs – means they have to make tough choices about keeping their networks open and safe, as opposed to improving their structural resilience today and tomorrow.”
“Local authorities have a legal obligation for highway teams to keep our roads safe, but there is no funding to do so in a cost-effective, proactive way,” he said. “As a result, when they report a slight improvement in surface conditions, our road structure continues to decline. Although surface repair has a role to play in extending local road life, short-term corrections, including hole filling, indicate a network that is ‘on the edge’ and less efficient and durable when it comes to materials use and completion. -Life carbon emissions. “
Anti-Pathal campaigner Mark Morel, aka ‘Mr Pothole’, reflected the views of many drivers when he told the Auto Express:
“It ripped through Great Britain’s roads where motorists pay billions of dollars in all kinds of taxes, while our road network is failing at an alarming rate. If UK drivers claim, billions of vehicles are damaged by potholes and errors with very little chance of compensation.” Some changes need to be made now, with the appropriate level of funding. “
Results of the ALARM 2022 report
- Local authorities needed an additional 1 1 billion last year to reach their own target road condition before even considering tackling the repair backlog.
- One in five local roads may need to be rebuilt in the next five years – about 37,000 miles of the network.
- One hole is filled with the equivalent of 19 seconds.
- Roads are rebuilt on average once every 70 years.
Hole-related breakdowns in 2021 are the highest in three years
The number of hole-related breakdowns reached a three-year high in 2021 with 10,123 incidents involving RAC patrols, averaging 27 per day.
RAC customers experienced 19 percent more breakdowns in 2021 than in 2020 due to broken suspension springs, deformed wheels, and damaged shock absorbers, and 10 percent more than in 2019.
Such breakdowns represent 1.5 percent of all year-round callouts, up from 1.2 percent in 2020, 1.1 percent in 2019, and 1.4 percent in 2018.
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