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Government must put maintenance ahead of new roads as ALARM Survey is published

20 March 2018 

Responding to the publication of the Asphalt Industry Association (AIA) ALARM Survey today, which found it will now cost an estimated £9.31 billion and 14 years to clear the backlog of road repairs across England and Wales, Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for better Transport, said:

"Once again, the ALARM survey has highlighted the dreadful state of too many roads. Poor road surfacing is motorists' top concern, and a major cause of danger and damage to all road users from buses to cyclists. The growth in the number of HGVs on local roads is making a bad situation worse.

"We are calling on the Government to take a Fix it First approach, and prioritise vital funding for road maintenance and safety instead of building new roads. Spending money on new roads while neglecting the ones we already have will simply add to the repair bill in years to come."

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Campaign for Better Transport refutes FTA (Freight Trade Association) claims that HGVs pay three times more than their estimated damage costs to infrastructure. In fact HGVs only cover one tenth (11 per cent) of their road damage costs. See the Campaign for Better Transport press release for more information.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).