AIA: 'Get involved to sound the alarm'

Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) chair Rick Green calls on councils to participate in the 2021 ALARM survey so highways maintenance gets the public and political attention it deserves.

This spring will see the publication of the 26th consecutive Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which investigates the effects of funding and maintenance levels on the condition of local roads across England and Wales, as well as the funding necessary to deliver against targets.

ALARM helps to keep the issue of local road maintenance firmly in the spotlight and we know its findings are used by stakeholders across the sector for tracking, benchmarking and planning purposes.

As we look ahead to the next financial year, plus the spending round to come, we know that there will understandably be continued pressures on the public purse.

That’s why, even in these challenging times, we are urging local authorities to respond to the survey. This will ensure it continues to provide robust and credible data that can help underpin future decisions on local road maintenance spending and support the allocation of resources.

We sent out the survey questionnaire to local authority contacts in England and Wales before the Christmas break and the AIA team are currently busy liaising with our contacts on submissions.

If anyone requires any help or guidance completing the survey or would like more information on our ALARM survey or the AIA, please email

The AIA is a partnership between the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and Eurobitume UK, working to increase awareness of the asphalt industry and to promote the uses and benefits of asphalt to specifiers, policymakers and the general public.

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