The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has welcomed the manifesto pledges of the Conservatives and Labour to improve the conditions of roads in the country.
As the focal point for the road surface maintenance industry, the RSTA is committed to raising industry standards of roads, representing regional and national organisations.
The fact that road quality is an important issue in the General Election has been welcomed by the Association; in the Conservatives’ manifesto, an additional £2 billion has been committed over the next four years in order to repair the road network – part of a National Infrastructure Strategy, which the party described as the ‘biggest ever pothole-filling programme’.
Labour have also made roads a focal point in their manifesto, pledging to make ‘neglected local roads safer for drivers’.
Mike Harper, Chief Executive at RSTA, said the pledges are “substantial” and promise to result in “real change.”
He said: “We warmly welcomed the inclusion of pledges to improve the road network in the Conservative and Labour manifestos. We hope that these promises are carried through.
“£2 billion over four years – of additional funding – is a substantial and useful amount to invest to make a real change.”
The state of the roads has been a long-standing issue; research from the Asphalt Industry Alliance has highlighted this.
In their most recent ALARM Survey, it was reported that one in every five roads are in such a poor state that they will need to be replaced in the next five years.
Maintenance budgets are on the rise too, yet there is still an annual carriageway budget shortfall of £657 million, perfectly illustrating the need for investment.
Indeed, if all roads are to be brought up to scratch, it would take 10 years and cost almost £10 billion.
The RSTA added that filling potholes won’t solve the issue, instead calling for the implementation of “proactive maintenance programmes.”