Lincolnshire is 'Britain's pothole capital'
Lincolnshire has been ranked the worst area in Britain for potholes after the county council paid out £358,664.98 in compensation in 2012/13.
According to a Freedom of Information request by Britannia Rescue, there were 1,412 claims for damage caused by poor road surfaces that year, although not all successful claims made were paid out in 2012/2013.
The research showed that Britain’s roads are peppered with almost 200,000 potholes – or one for every mile of road in Great Britain.
The combination of a harsh winter followed by a dry summer has particularly harmed road surfaces and exacerbated the problem.
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Councils have received 32,600 compensation claims in the past financial year for everything from potholes ruining wheel rims, to puncturing tyres and damaging suspension – an increase of 79 per cent from the previous financial year.
The data shows that local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland paid out a total of £2.5 million in compensation for pothole or other road damage in the past financial year.
Councils say King Lane in Leeds, the B6273 South Moor Road / Moor Lane in Barnsley and Holly Lane in Banstead are some of the worst roads for potholes in the UK.
Britannia Rescue says the problem is that road maintenance in the UK is severely under-funded with around £16 spent per driver on maintaining road surfaces and fixing potholes – less than 10 per cent of the annual road tax bill with short-term fixes often chosen over longer term solutions.
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.
Peter Horton, Britannia Rescue’s managing director, said: “Britain’s pothole epidemic has resulted from years of under-investment in our roads and has been exacerbated by recent harsh winters.
“Local authorities face difficult choices in the roads they prioritise for repair and 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.”