Pothole hellholes – UK’s worst roads revealed

Pothole hellholes – UK’s worst roads revealed
Pothole hellholes – UK’s worst roads revealed

Nottinghamshire is the UK’s worst region for potholed roads with a staggering quarter of a million holes reported to the local council, according to new data.

The East Midlands council reported 106,000 more potholes than the next worst council area – Devon County Council – between January 2017 and June 2019, according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information inquiry.

However, Nottinghamshire County Council was only the second biggest spender on repairing potholes with its £12 million a year eclipsed by the £14m spent in Hertfordshire.

The UK’s worst regions for potholes, as well as those with the fewest problems, have been revealed in figures obtained by MoneySuperMarket.

Deep trouble

They revealed that Nottinghamshire Council identified a total of 253,920 potholes from 2017 to 2019, ahead of Devon County Council (147,779) and Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council. Cambridgeshire (112,947) and Yorkshire’s East Riding (84,050) rounded out the five worst offenders.

UK council with most reported potholes

Rank Council # of potholes identified
1 Nottinghamshire County Council 253,920
2 Devon County Council 147,779
3 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council 135,405
4 Cambridgeshire County Council 112,947
5 East Riding of Yorkshire Council 84,050

At the other end of the scale, the Isles of Scilly recorded the fewest potholes (76) and the lowest repair spend at £6,080, although both reflect the fact the Isles have only nine miles of roads in total.

Rutland County Council (188) the London Borough of Haringey (793), Conwy County Borough Council (1,044) and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (1,131) were also among those with the fewest potholes.

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The new figures come shortly after the RAC reported that half of Britain’s drivers believed the country’s roads were in a worse state now than a year ago. However, the recovery service said it had actually seen a reduction in the number of pothole-related problems it was called out to fix.

Big spenders

UK councils with fewest reported potholes

Rank Council # of potholes identified
1 Council of the Isles of Scilly 76
2 Rutland County Council 188
3 London Borough of Haringey 793
4 Conwy County Borough Council 1,044
5 London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 1,131

In terms of putting potholes right, Hertfordshire County Council is the UK’s top spender with a maintenance spend of £14.1m – nearly two million more pounds than Nottinghamshire, which spent £12.2 million. Devon (£9.1m), Herefordshire (£7.2 m) and Cornwall (£5.m) were the next highest spenders. Behind the Isles of Scilly, North Yorkshire County Council (£9,064) and Midlothian Council (£71,240) spent the least on road repairs.

potholes in winter
Winter weather leads to an increase in potholes (Photo: Shutterstock)

Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “As most drivers will know, potholes are a real menace and they increase in number during the winter period, as freezing temperatures can cause road surfaces to break. We’re expecting a particularly cold winter, so we may well see the number of potholes rise or worsen.

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“Driving over a pothole can cause serious damage to your car. Depending on the severity of the incident, it can lead to burst tyres, problems with suspension and even damage to your vehicle’s body work.

“The cost of repairs for this kind of damage can soon add up, so it’s important to ensure that you have the correct level of cover. This is especially important if you live in a rural area where lesser-used roads might not receive the same level of maintenance as other major roads.”

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