A recent survey suggests that one in six UK roads could be closed down if they're not repaired due to the quality of their surfaces and overall lack of safety for drivers and cars.
The state of UK roads is drastically declining in quality according to the latest survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) in their latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) review. The ALARM report said that 17% of roads will likely fall in to a state of disrepair in the next five years.
£12 billion is needed to fix all the roads that are being classified as a cause for concern in England and Wales by the AIA. With the expected time to repair every pothole and piece of damage anywhere between 10 and 13 years – this is too much time, and the AIA believes that the results of the ALARM report show that many UK roads will have to be closed down.
The government have only ever issued in the region of £750 million per year to fix roads, leaving a shortfall of around £10 billion per year and a severe lack of resources for local authority teams trying to keep up with the demand of road repairs.
“Local authority highway teams do not have the resources to arrest the terminal decline in the condition of our local roads and the network is not resilient enough to meet the challenges ahead.”
ALAN MACKENZIE – AIA CHAIRMAN
Hopefully the government will take note of the AIA's ALARM report and see that more needs to be done to improve the roads in England and Wales before it's too late.