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The Next Steps Towards Tackling Potholes and Improving Road Surfaces


The 2019 ALARM (Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance) survey highlights that, although local authorities have seen their highway maintenance budgets increase and there are signs that this is restricting further decline in local road conditions, approximately £9.79 billion is still needed to bring the local road network up to the required standard.

In addition, the AIA (Asphalt Industry Alliance) says the responses of local authorities to its survey revealed a "big discrepancy" in spending on roads between different councils. It said, Some local authorities in England received highway maintenance funding equivalent to more than £90,000 per mile last year, while others had less than 10% of that.

In reply to the ALARM survey, the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Transport spokesman, said: “Councils share the frustration of motorists about the state of our local roads and, as this survey shows, fixing our roads is a priority for them. Faced with severe financial pressures, councils have managed to spend more on road repairs in the past year in order to fix a pothole every 17 seconds.

“Despite these efforts, it is clear that our roads are deteriorating at a faster rate than can be repaired by councils, with the cost of clearing our alarming national roads repair backlog on the rise…”

In response, a government spokesman said: "Potholes are a huge problem for all road users and the government is taking action, providing local authorities with more than £6.6bn for roads maintenance and pothole repair in the six years to 2021."

The Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman also added they are trialling new technologies and consulting on increasing the standards of roadworks by utility companies to help keep roads pothole-free for longer.

This timely Cephas Public Policy Communications symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key staff who work at all levels across local authority highway departments and teams, management professionals, road user groups and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest government thinking on tackling potholes.  The symposium will also examine the wider impact on jobs, businesses and economic benefits gained from a more robust and resilient local road network.

Order of the Day

09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:15 Chairs Introduction

10:30 Morning Presentations

  • Latest in DfT funding, news and approach to fix potholes and improve the condition of roads

  • Review the key findings of the 2019 AIA Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM)

  • Discuss the implications of English and Welsh councils fixing fewer potholes on minor roads

  • What are the benefits to councils from the introduction of Lane Rental Schemes 

11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Afternoon Presentations

  • Consider the findings of the latest RAC Report on Motoring user opinions on the state of roads and the data from the RAC Pothole Index

  • Increasing the guarantee on utility firms’ roadworks – discuss proposals to increase the minimum guarantee from the current 2 years to up to 5 years to keep roads pothole-free for longer

  • Assess the pros and cons for proposals to allow for new innovative surfacing to be used

  • Case Study: how technology is transforming transport

14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

14:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

15:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks 

16:00 Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Local Highway Authorities/Local Government
  • Local Authority Road Maintenance Professionals
  • Local Authority Highway Maintenance Engineers and Managers
  • Highway Maintenance Leads
  • Technical Services Professionals
  • Technical Advisers Groups
  • Environmental Services
  • Planning, Transportation and Engineering Personnel
  • Road Management Professionals
  • Road Safety Professionals
  • Road Policing Professionals
  • Traffic Management Personnel
  • Economy Professionals
  • Surveyors
  • Sustainable Travel Managers
  • Community Transport Services
  • Rural Transport Groups
  • Transport Advisory Groups
  • Materials Engineers
  • Specialist Contractors 
  • Lead, Principle and Independent Consultants
  • Utility Companies
  • National Highways & Transport Network Personnel
  • Road Haulage Organisations
  • Goods Vehicle Operators
  • Transport Managers
  • Emergency Service Professionals
  • Traffic Signs and Signalling Providers
  • Transport, Access and Safety Leads
  • Operational Service Planning Managers
  • Transport Planning & Review Officers
  • Highway Network Managers
  • Traffic and Design Manager
  • Vehicle Recovery Operators
  • Motoring Services
  • Civil Enforcement Officers
  • Bus and Coach Operators
  • Emergency Service Professionals
  • Cyclists’ Interest Groups and Clubs
  • Road Surface Organisations and Associations
  • Public Service Transport Operators
  • Third Sector (Charities/Voluntary Organisations/Social Enterprises)
  • Trade Associations/Unions
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Freight Transport Organisations
  • Pavement Management Organisations
  • Relevant Central Government Departments
  • Academics
  • Private Sector


Event Properties

Event Date 03-07-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 03-07-2019 4:30 pm
Broadway House, Westminster
Broadway House
Broadway House, Westminster

Pricing Guide

Private Sector, Central Government Departments and Executive Agencies, NDPBs Local Authority, Public Education Bodies, Police, Fire Services and NHS Bodies, National Charity, Regional Charity Local Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations


1 Place £375

2+ Places £325 each


1 Place £285

2+ Places £255 each


1 Place £185

2+ Places £165 each

“Potholes are the biggest enemy for road users and this government is looking at all options to keep our roads in the best condition.

Road surfaces can be made worse by utility companies, so imposing higher standards on repairs will help keep roads pothole-free for longer.”

Transport Secretary, 6 March 2019

Speakers Include:

Steve Berry OBE, Head of Highways Maintenance, Department for Transport

Ian Hawthorn, Head of Highways and Network Management, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Co-Chair London Technical Advisors Group

Nicholas Lyes, Head of Roads Policy, RAC

David Giles, Director, Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA)

Malcolm Powers, Director, Tegula Consulting and former Councillor and Cabinet Member

Kulveer Ranger, Senior Vice President for Strategy & Communications UK/I, Atos and Former Transport Advisor to the Mayor of London

Rob McDonald, Director - Smart Infrastructure, PBA

Helen Cansick, Head of Network Performance, Transport For London (TfL)

Nick Thom, Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

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