Pothole damage is a problem for vehicle drivers, but potholes are also a concern for cyclists on the roads. Potholes are becoming more common and are causing a lot of injuries for cyclists when commuting and riding. Potholes will just not disappear, especially if the results of a new report by the RAC is anything to go on.
Although there are fewer cyclists on the roads compared with the number of cars, cyclists also suffer from the number of potholes. They are not as protected as a driver in a car and potholes can cause great damage for those who do decide to cycle. According to a study reported on by the Independent, 50 cyclists are killed or seriously injured due to the dangers in our roads each year and this is becoming a more frequent problem.
VW service provider Inchcape Volkswagen offers an aftersales service, MOTs, and repairs to solve issues such as wheel misalignment and suspension damage. Here, they explore Britain’s relationship with potholes:
The Scale of Britain’s Problem with Potholes
The RAC coped with over 6,500 breakdown jobs between January and March of 2017 which were likely caused due to poor road surfaces in the UK. The last time that so many pothole related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then). However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions.
The RAC’s Chief Engineer, David Bizley, confirmed that “our figures sadly show a surprising and unwelcome first quarter rise in the number of breakdowns where the poor quality of the road surface was a major factor. We had expected a figure no worse than that recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (4,026) and it is very concerning that the roads, strangely, appear to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry winter.”
From the tables below, you can judge for yourself how bad potholes in the UK are.
Potholes: Top Hotspots
These are the top ten highway authorities that FillThatHole.org.uk has compiled. It is based on the number of road hazards which were reported to them:
|Position||Authority||Region||Total reports||Open reports||Fixed reports||Percentage fixed|
|1||Surrey||South East England||7,657||6,473||1,149||15%|
|2||Hampshire||South East England||4,133||3,241||849||21%|
|3||Essex||South East England||3,804||2,912||878||23%|
|4||Hertfordshire||South East England||3,557||3,004||530||15%|
|5||Kent||South East England||3,478||3,105||364||10%|
|6||Lancashire||North West England||3,301||2,484||792||24%|
|7||Oxfordshire||South East England||3,245||2,225||985||31%|
|9||Cheshire East||North West England||2,980||2,110||787||27%|
|10||West Sussex||South East England||2,845||2,034||783||28%|
This is the top ten places of FillThatHole.org.uk’s league table when ranked on open reports though:
|Position||Authority||Region||Open reports||Total reports||Fixed reports||Percentage fixed|
|1||Surrey||South East England||6,473||7,657||1,149||15%|
|2||Hampshire||South East England||3,241||4,133||849||21%|
|3||Kent||South East England||3,105||3,479||364||10%|
|4||Hertfordshire||South East England||3,004||3,557||530||15%|
|5||Essex||South East England||2,912||3,804||878||23%|
|6||Lancashire||North West England||2,484||3,301||792||24%|
|8||Buckinghamshire||South East England||2,399||2,754||343||13%|
|9||Oxfordshire||South East England||2,225||3,245||985||31%|
|10||Devon||South West England||2,114||2,519||385||15%|
Frequency of Potholes being filled in
An Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey from 2017 said that the average number of potholes filled in 2016/17 per local authority across England was 13,468.
The top ten authorities ranked on fixed reports in FillThatHole.org.uk’s league table is as follows:
|Position||Authority||Region||Fixed reports||Total reports||Open reports||Percentage fixed|
|1||York||Yorkshire & Humber||1,187||1,341||151||89%|
|2||Surrey||South East England||1,149||7,657||6,473||15%|
|3||Bristol||South West England||1,094||1,475||199||85%|
|4||Oxfordshire||South East England||985||3,245||2,225||31%|
|5||Cheshire West & Chester||North West England||913||1,252||30||97%|
|6||Essex||South East England||878||3,804||2,912||23%|
|7||Northumberland||North East England||869||1,123||5||99%|
|8||Hampshire||South East England||849||4,133||3,241||21%|
|10||Lancashire||North West England||792||3,301||2,484||24%|
Number of drivers reporting pothole damage in the past 12 months (ranked by region)*
|Region||Number of drivers|
|South East England||941k|
|South West England||721k|
|Yorkshire & Humber||720k|
|North West England||687k|
|North East England||343k|
Average Cost to Repair Pothole Damage (ranked by region)*
|South East England||£124.93|
|Yorkshire & Humber||£120.00|
|South West England||£119.01|
|North West England||£87.01|
|North East England||£72.66|
Structural road condition percentage split in England
- Percentage of roads across England in good condition (i.e. they have 15 years or more residual life remaining) — 53 percent.
- Percentage of roads across England in adequate condition (i.e. they have between five and 15 years’ residual life remaining) — 30 percent.
- Percentage of roads across England in poor condition (i.e. they have less than five years’ residual life remaining) — 17 percent.
*RAC data reported on at Telegraph Report