ALARM Survey shows worsening carriageway conditions and mounting costs

Local authority highway teams in England and Wales only received around two-thirds of what they needed to stop the local roads from further deterioration and that more than £14 billion is now needed to fix the backlog of carriageway repairs. This year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) published today (March 21, 2023) by the […]

Lincolnshire councillors agree extra £7 million for highway repairs

Councillors in Lincolnshire have agreed updated budget proposals that protect frontline services despite significant financial challenges. Final budget proposals for 2023/24 were agreed by the council’s executive at their meeting on Tuesday 7 February. The updated proposals include an additional £7m for highways maintenance, which was identified as a priority area by residents in a […]

Some major Somerset roads will only be resurfaced every 70 years, says council

Roads in North Somerset will be resurfaced on average only once every 70 years – as a result of Government funding being cut. The Government hasut the amount of funding allocated to North Somerset Council to maintain the 1,100 kilometres of roads across the district by £1.5 million. The funding package has also been frozen for the […]

York councillors speak out against road fund reductions

Councillors have hit out at new research which shows York’s allocation of national road repair funding has been slashed by almost a third by central government. In 2020/21 York received a total of £4m towards highways maintenance from central government. The council says this was cut by 29.5% (£1.2m) to £2.8m in 2021/22 and this […]

Government funding needed to keep local roads in good condition says Hampshire County Council

More government funding is needed to maintain local roads amid a “challenging” situation due to inflation, Hampshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways has said. Cllr Nick Adam-King, HCC’s Conservative cabinet member for highways operations, said funding was still “far short” of what is needed. This was despite the council planning ahead as central funding […]

Local roads repair backlog increases by nearly a quarter in a year, reports ALARM survey

The backlog of carriageway repairs to fix local roads in England and Wales has reached £12.64 billion, compounded by increased costs caused by rising inflation, reports this year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey. This is up from £10.24 billion last year and despite an increase in average highway maintenance budgets (up 4% on […]

Liverpool City Region highways earmarked for major investment

Journeys on the Liverpool City Region’s highways and transport network would become smoother and safer, under a new multi-million-pound investment package set to be discussed by local leaders this week. In a move to improve the region’s roads, the Combined Authority is seeking to approve the indicative allocation of £232.96m from the City Region Sustainable […]


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