Potholes: the worst affected roads in the UK

Potholes cost councils across the country millions per year to fill and resolve.

In most cases, a pothole in the road can't be helped. Vehicles travel on them every single day,  24 hours a day and eventually they start to wear away.

They are an infuriating inconvenience for drivers who often have to swerve to avoid them or face the potential risk of causing an accident or damage to the car if you hit one.

However, it's down to the local councils around the country to fill the holes in to keep the roads running smoothly; I mean, what else do we pay our road taxes for?

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Some potholes have remained unfilled for months, and in many cases years, and they are an everyday nuisance that could be easily avoided if action was taken quicker.

But fixing them isn't as easy as it sounds. An expert at the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) said it would cost £10 billion to fix the number of potholes we have in this country.

This is due to the huge backlog of how many potholes there are around, plus you need to take into consideration the roadworks and congestion filling these in would cause.

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a £2.5 billion pothole fund in his 2020 budget across a five-year period. But even that doesn't seem like it will be enough.

Back in March AIA chairman Rick Green said: “While the extra funding in 2020/21 was welcomed, using it to repeatedly fill in potholes is essentially a failure as it does nothing to improve the resilience of the network.

“The average frequency of road surfacing is now once every 68 years and the bill to fix the backlog of maintenance work on our local roads in England and Wales remains in excess of £10bn.”


It works out that potholes cost an average of £52 to fill in, so just imagine how much it would cost your town, to get all of those holes sorted.

If you're unlucky, you'll live in the town with the worst potholes and most amount of complaints to the local authority. That honour goes to the Mellor Brook Bypass in Balderstone, Lancashire which has received almost 550 complaints in 12 months about the state it's in.

The top 10 worst roads for potholes in the UK

  1. Mellor Brook Bypass, Lancashire - 545 complaints.
  2. Seven Hills Road, Surrey - 216 complaints.
  3. A345, Wiltshire - 208 complaints.
  4. Selsfield Road, West Sussex - 200 complaints.
  5. Main Road, Cheshire - 185 complaints.
  6. A595, Cumbria - 171 complaints.
  7. Attercliffe Road, Sheffield  - 169 complaints.
  8. A38 Kingsbury Road, Birmingham - 169 complaints.
  9. Richmond Avenue, Shropshire - 168 complaints.
  10. An unnamed road between West Serstone and Down St Mary, Devon - 162 complaints.

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If you live nearby to one of those roads or have driven along it recently, I'm sure you can sympathise with the number of people that have complained about it.

The complaints will continue to pour in I'm sure, but just make sure you stay safe and vigilant as they could cause you or your car serious harm if you approach them too quickly.

We really hope that these potholes, in particular, can be resolved as soon as possible but also the other ones affecting everyone around the country.

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