A new study reveals that UK councils have spent a combined total of £99 million fixing potholes in 2020. But with a staggering 39,810 potholes in the UK in 2020 and numbers still rising, GoCompare Car wanted to find out which UK regions would run the risk of finding one every time you take to the roads.

After sending out a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to 67 UK councils, the biggest offenders have been revealed. 

Kent is the UK’s pothole capital with over 50,000 recorded in the last 3 years

RankPlaceNumber of potholes reported (2018-20)
1Kent52,245
2Staffordshire40,725
3Fife36,056
4Northern Ireland30,666
5Bristol27,612
6Glasgow25,636
7Cheshire25,105
8Lancashire19,094
9Stockport18,120
10Edinburgh17,968
11Manchester16,017
12Stoke14,782
13Leeds14,574
14Rotherham14,311
15Norfolk13,343
16Birmingham12,257
17Sheffield11,118
18Wiltshire10,914
19Salford9,329
20Ealing8,850

Kent is listed as the UK’s pothole capital and tops the table for the sheer number of holes in its roads. Staffordshire placed second with a whopping 40,725 potholes reported over the three year span. The Scottish region of Fife was third with 36,056 reported potholes.

Portsmouth reported the least out of the UK’s cities with just 383 potholes in the past three years. London boroughs Royal Greenwich and Hammersmith and Fulham also reported low numbers at 199 and 141 respectively.

Liverpool took the longest on average to repair potholes at 191 days

Liverpool took an average of 191 days between 2018 and 2020 to repair potholes once they had been reported. However, the council has only taken 66 days to repair their potholes this year, making it the UK’s most improved council.

Stoke placed second with an average of 88 days and Southampton followed in third taking 71 days on average to fix their pockmarked roads.

Out of the UK’s regions, the South East took the longest to report and repair potholes with an average of 31.3 days.

Highways of England were the fastest to mend potholes between report and repair, leaving an average of just one day. Two of the fastest fillers out of the UK’s cities are Sunderland and Birmingham – both also get round to resurfacing roads in a record one-day average. 

UK Councils spend £99m a year on fixing potholes

RankCouncil spending the most on pothole repairAmount spent by each council to repair potholes
1Lancashire£16,318,000
2Kent£10,500,000
3Cornwall£9,567,858
4Wolverhampton£7,474,720
5Bath£6,636,510
6Wiltshire£6,629,377
7Nottingham£3,744,000
8Manchester£3,576,796
9Havering£3,000,000
10Plymouth£2,895,072

The UK’s councils have spent a combined total of £99 million on fixing potholes in 2020. Biggest spenders include Lancashire (£16.31m), Wolverhampton (£7.47m), and Cornwall (£9.56m). However, Kent spent the most pounds per pothole with £10.5m on resurfacing roads, £400,000 more than they had done the year before.

Claiming on damages: Insurance vs Council

UK drivers can choose to claim for pothole damage on their car insurance but can also claim from the council, or authority, responsible for maintaining the road where the pothole damage occurred.

Please see the full report here for more information and case studies.

#
%d bloggers like this: