Laura Sharman 26 March 2019

Report finds disparities in highways maintenance funding

Report finds disparities in highways maintenance funding image

An increase in local authority highways maintenance budgets is helping to stem the decline in local roads, a new report has found.

The annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey found that budgets have increased by nearly 20% for the second consecutive year.

However, the survey - published by the Asphalt Industry Alliance - found that years of underfunding have led to a decline in the local roads network, which requires nearly £10bn to bring to it back to a reasonable condition.

It also identified disparities of funding, ranging from less than £9,000 per mile of local authority road network to more than £90,000 per mile.

Rick Green, chairman of the AIA, said: ‘There are glimmers of hope but, while overall highway maintenance budgets are up, there is still a big discrepancy between the haves and have nots.

’Some local authorities received the equivalent of £90,000 per mile of their individual networks, while a third continue to struggle with reduced budgets, with several having less than £9,000 per mile to maintain their local roads.’

The survey also found there has been a 29% increase in the number of potholes filled in England and London, with one being filled every 17 seconds.

Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s Transport spokesman, said: ‘Extra one-off funding announced in the Budget will help councils continue to try and improve roads this year but the Spending Review needs to provide councils with long-term and consistent funding to invest in the resurfacing projects which our road network desperately needs over the next decade.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Performance and Management Information Support Officer

Brent Council
£30,048 - £31,557 p.a. inc.
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join our Children and Young People’s Performance Team. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Assistant Director - Inclusion

Suffolk County Council
£75,745 - £93,245 pa
We are seeking a highly skilled Assistant Director Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Lead Course Tutor (Avalon Project)

Camden London Borough Council
£30,893
The post will be principally based at the project site in Euston where the sessions are run. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Senior Social Workers - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£39168 - £47405 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
Senior Practitioners - Family Support & ProtectionPermanentFull Time£39,168 to £47,405 per annum + free on-site parkingLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Legal Assistant

North Yorkshire County Council
£20,493 to £22,627 pro rata
We are looking for an individual who can provide legal assistance and support our legal and Democratic Service. Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue