Britain: A pothole for every mile

10 October 2013

pothole According to research, Britain has a pothole for every mile of road in the country, which won't surprise anyone who has been anywhere near a road, ever.

Data obtained under a Freedom of Information request showed a 79% increase in compensation claims in the last financial year from people who have had their vehicles borked by potholes. Cyclists will be rolling their eyes at the news too, as Britain's cycle lanes are like Screwball Scramble.

Britannia Rescue, which conducted the research, said potholes take up a total area of 295 square miles on these shores - that's twice the size of the Isle of Wight.

With that, nearly 1 in 10 people have suffered car damage as a result of our dreadful roads in the past 12 months, and the company added other stats:

- Local authorities have paid out £2.5m in compensation to motorists in the past financial year.

- UK councils have received 32,600 compensation claims over the same period - a 79% increase over the previous year.

- The most common problems are tyre damage (43%), damaged suspension (34%) and damaged wheel rims (26%).

Britannia Rescue said: "Short-term fixes are often chosen over longer term solutions, with close to a quarter of councils admitting they usually temporarily fix potholes rather than resurface the area. The average cost of repairing a pothole is around £50, meaning the amount paid out by councils in compensation could have been used to repair more than 50,000 potholes."

The company's managing director, Peter Horton, said: "Britain’s pothole epidemic has resulted from years of under-investment ... we now have around 200,000 potholes on UK roads. Motorists should protect themselves and their vehicles by reducing their speed on potholed roads, and also reporting damaged roads to their local council."

TOPICS:   Motoring   Insurance


  • angry s.
    It's not going to get any better either. I can't remember the roads around Glasgow being in such a bad state GOING INTO the winter season as what they are now. Pretty ridiculous considering how heavily motorists are taxed.
  • John S.
    "Pretty ridiculous considering how heavily motorists are taxed." Yes it is really dreadful. And at the same time my local pub could do with a refurbishment seeing how much tax I pay on beer, my just thinking about how much tax I pay on cigarettes my newsagents could do with a spruce up as well. But we should sack all the schoolteachers because the kids don't pay any taxes, and sick people don't contribute much, so lets just point them towards the crematorium and shut the hospitals.
  • jokester2
    Surely this title should read "Britain: A pothole for every 10 metres" ??? Or is it just the area I live in?

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