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Road survey shows some improvement in pothole repairs but more needs to be done, say campaigners

23 March 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication of the 2016 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey.

The survey shows that despite some improvement in the number of potholes filled there is still a crisis, with a huge backlog of repairs needed.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said: "The ALARM survey confirms what road users already know - that our local roads are suffering while the Government wastes the money needed to fix them on expanding motorways. Urgent action is needed to make local roads safe and suitable for all road users whether on two wheels or four. 

"Instead of earmarking billions towards motorway building schemes that will clog up our cities with more congestion and pollution, the Government could make a real difference to communities across the country by investing in the transport people use every day - including buses, cycling and local road repair."


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. The annual ALARM survey is published by the Asphalt Industry Association and will be available here - www.asphaltuk.org from 00.01hrs, Wednesday 23 March 2016 
  2. Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  3. 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).