Britain's worst roads for potholes revealed – is your area on the list? | The Sun
BRITAIN'S most potholed roads have been revealed, with the damage costing councils around £120million per year.
Northumberland and Cornwall topped the list, while the majority of the damage was found to be in the North.
Major cities Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow were also found to be riddled with potholes.
Ironically, Liverpool spends the most of any council on road maintenance: almost £250million in the last four years.
A report from Autocar has suggested that potholes cost UK councils around £120million per year to fix at an average cost of £53 per repair.
Meanwhile, London, despite having among the most used roads in the country, did not crack the top ten.
However, this is likely because London is broken up into individual borough councils unlike other cities.
This comes as Freedom of Information requests by the AA revealed that 1.5 million potholes were reported to 51 UK councils in the last four years.
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The roads of Northumberland are the worst hit, with a staggering 180,993 potholes.
The next worst area is Cornwall with 88,129.
UK’S MOST POTHOLED AREAS
- Northumberland- 180,993
- Cornwall- 88,129
- Kirklees- 77,552
- Newry, Mourne and Down- 62,820
- Fife- 57,051
- Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon- 54,320
- Newcastle- 53,767
- Liverpool- 45,224
- Suffolk- 42,174
- Glasgow- 38,100
Despite being the least affected in the top ten, Glasgow Council received the highest number of pothole damage claims between 2018 and 2021, with over three and a half thousand.
Surprisingly, in spite of the almost 200,000 potholes in the area, Northumberland Council ranked ninth out of ten in damage claims, with only 1,174.
The stats do, though, paint a depressing picture for anyone who does suffer pothole damage, with only a tiny minority of claims compensated.
Of the 3,678 claims submitted to Glasgow Council only 121 received compensation.
Some areas are better, however, with Wiltshire Council paying out on almost half of their near 1500 claims.
Indeed, pothole sufferers in Suffolk are in luck as, due to delays in compensation payments from previous years, in the four year record period, they actually paid out over 200 more claims than they received.
The AA responded to the findings by issuing their top tips for dealing with potholes.
These include leaving a good distance between your vehicle and the one in front, slowing down and being cautious of cyclists near potholes.
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Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, said: "Potholes are a frustration to all drivers and are a blight on our roads."
"For too long, both central and local governments blame each other for the lack of funding in maintaining our road surfaces. It’s time both got round the table and heavily invested in smoother, safer streets."
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