12,000 miles of road blighted by potholes

6 November 2015

pothole If you drive a car, ride a bicycle, or have basic functioning eyesight, you'll know that Britain has a big problem with potholes. How big? Well, according to a report, there's nearly 12,000 miles of road that have potholes in them. You could drive to Brazil and back - that's how much road that is.

Of course, this is hammering everyone's cars, and that means there's loads of insurance claims and repairs that result. It's a mess. It has been deduced that one-in-seven motorists have suffered damage to their vehicles because of our crappy road surfaces.

Freedom of Information requests to all of Britain's councils showed that there are 31,162 potholes that are waiting to be repaired, on 11,564 miles of roads. The average size of a pothole is roughly the same size as a pizza, if you're wondering.

It is costly for the councils too, as they've coughed up around £1.6million in compensation to drivers, according to the report by the LV=. You can only assume it is cheaper to compensate drivers, than it is to fix the roads. Or maybe you'd like to assume that our councils don't know their arses from their elbows? That's your call.

Selwyn Fernandes, managing director of LV= Road Rescue, said: "Britain’s pothole epidemic is costing councils millions in compensation, but unfortunately it doesn't look as though things are improving."

"Drivers should protect themselves and their vehicles by reducing their speed and driving carefully on potholed roads, and also reporting damaged roads to their local council."

TOPICS:   Motoring

1 comment

  • Peter T.
    That stat makes no sense. How is the 12,000 (or 11,564) miles calculated? What are the criteria for determining when a road has no potholes? If a given road is (say) 10 miles long and has one pothole, is the entire length of that road added to the aggregate length of pothole-infected roads? Or is it, as I suspect. a load of marketing bollocks blithely parroted by lazy and incurious Internet 'journalists'?

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