Mineral Products Association response to article by Julie Cooper MP marking ‘National Pothole Day’
The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) welcomes and fully supports the call by Julie Cooper to protect the safety of her constituents from the dangers of potholes, and poor road condition in general.
It is unfortunate that there is any the need for a ‘National Pothole Day’ but the AIA has itself been campaigning through its Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey for over 20 years to highlight and reverse the unsustainable underfunding of Local Authority highway maintenance budgets.
The risks and costs of poorly maintained roads are increasingly well documented and the next ALARM report, to be published later this month, will again identify the scale of the problem nationally based on hard information from over 60% of highway authorities across England and Wales. In past reports, authorities almost universally acknowledged that the current lack of funding and identified a £12 billion backlog legacy of underfunding presenting real safety risks for all road users.