Potholes will cost £10billion to fix – motorists slam poor roads as most annoying road iss


  • This area has the most potholes in the UK

However, industry experts have put the total repair bill at almost £10billion due to the level of damage across the UK. 

Research shows eight out of ten drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists are forced to dodge potholes every time they use their vehicles.

Glasgow was revealed as the worst city for potholes as 90 percent of residents admit they are challenged by them on a daily basis.

Other high offending regions include Manchester, Plymouth, Sheffield and Cardiff whose motorists were clear their roads needed urgent repairs.

Potholes are caused by water escaping into the road surface and freezing in cold winter weather conditions.

Water expands when it is frozen and this will corrode the road surface and force potholes to appear.

Research from construction group Tarmac reveals the average cost of repairs for each driver is £130 with one in 20 forced to pay a massive £400.

However, research from recovery group Green Flag recently put the figure at around £230 after they found motorists spend a total of over £4billion each year on repairs.

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Paul Fleetham, managing director of contracting at Tarmac said: “Potholes may seem like a minor problem – but they cause millions of people financial and physical damage each year.

“Our research shows that the vast majority of city-dwellers are fed up with the inconvenience they cause.

“It is therefore essential that road maintenance in England and Wales receives adequate government funding, something we believe is essential for local authorities to ensure they can deliver lasting road maintenance solutions.”

Their study found 43 percent of motorists have had their car damaged by a pothole at some point during their lives.


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One-fifth of incidents result in a further collision with a vehicle as thirty percent were forced to take time off work through injury or severe car damage.

Burst tyres were found to be the most common car-related fault caused by potholes with 44 percent revealed to have suffered issues in the past.

Green Flag research found motorists anger at potholes is near breaking point after a quarter of those surveyed revealed they would be willing to travel an extra five miles to avoid roads with any damage.

Two-fifths said they were so angry with pothole damage they would pay higher car tax charges or a road toll to fix the issues.

Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party pledged £2billion to repair potholes in their manifesto.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) puts the cost of repairing one pothole at £52 although damage in London is more expensive to fix than other areas of the UK.

Last year, a study by the AIA put a price tag of almost £10billion on repairing every pothole in England and Wales.

Repairing highways in England could cost anywhere from £6,500 to £120,000 per mile depending on the extent of the damage.

However, AIA’s ALARM study revealed the total number of potholes filled by repair teams last year increased by 24 percent.

A total of 1.86million were repaired compared to 1.5million in 2018 in data equivalent to one pothole repair every 17 seconds in England and Wales.

The total cost of pothole reoccurs in 2019 was £97.8million in figures nearly £3million higher than in 2018. However, this is still lower than 2015 data which saw 2.7million potholes repaired at a cost of over £144million. 

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