EEF comment on the 2015 ALARM survey

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Commenting on the 20th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey:

“The continuing uptick of the one-time catch up cost for the local road network to £12.16bn this year represents the outcomes that can be expected from expensive reactive maintenance and short term budget allocations - a continuously worsening network. Local authorities are at best maintaining the current network in its poor condition.“

“While the government has budgeted for a small increase in the road maintenance budget and a six year funding settlement to 2021, this is in no way enough nor guaranteed beyond the next spending review expected later this year. Alternative forms of financing the local road network will be needed if we are ever to get local roads that support growth.”

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