Steel roadplate could see greater demand in the years to come as industry organisationsinvolved in the repair and replacement of roads call for a new approach tofixing potholes.

The AsphaltIndustry Alliance has just published its 18th Annual Local Authority RoadMaintenance Survey (ALARM), showing how potholes have once again worsened as anationwide problem.

In 2012, 2.2million potholes were filled in as councils scrambled to keep their roadsusable, at an estimated cost of £117 million.

However, theefforts are not working – and a further £32 million was paid out on claims forinjury and damage to vehicles arising from potholes, with £13 million more paidout in related staff costs.

AIA chairmanAlan Mackenzie says: “Constantly having to patch up crumbling roads,rather than using highway engineers’ skills properly to ensure good roadcondition in a planned and cost effective way, is nonsensical and costly to thecountry.”

By adoptingthe principle that “prevention is better than cure”, old roads couldbe fully replaced with durable new surfaces, strengthened by the use of newroad plate to help enhance their longevity, and invest funds in a way thatleads to new, smooth routes rather than patched-up potholed surfaces.