12 JUNE 2017


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Article from BTNews 12 JUNE 2017

Pothole blackspots named

Surrey, Hampshire and Essex have been revealed as the UK’s worst counties for pothole problems.

The news comes in a study compiled by automotive and retail services company Inchcape Volkswagen to highlight accidents and breakdowns and their effect on business.

The research quotes the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s annual local authority road maintenance survey for 2017, showing the average number of potholes filled in 2016/17 per local authority across England was 13,468. 

The three counties highlighted had the lowest percentage of potholes fixed across 2016/17. Surrey’s total was 15%, Hampshire recorded 21% and Essex scored 23%. Also in the list was Lancashire, with 24%.

Inchcape Volkswagen produced the survey following reports that potholes are becoming a growing problem for drivers across the UK, as highlighted in a new study by the RAC.

This showed a “surprising and unwelcome” first-quarter rise in the number of breakdowns where the poor quality of the road surface was a major factor. 

The RAC said it had expected a figure no worse than that recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (4,026) and it was “very concerning” that the roads appeared to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry winter.


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David Bentley, Oldham, United Kingdom

They obviously didn't visit Crater Manchester.

Stuart Fisher, United Kingdom

Why is the talk always about potholes? I used to live in a heavily humped area where the death rate in single vehicle accidents was twice the national average.