Britain's potholes proving costly

Britain's potholes proving costly

Research by Which? has revealed local authorities forked out more then £20 million on pothole compensation in 2012.

Figures collected by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) discovered councils in England and Wales compensated drivers whose vehicles suffered pothole damage to the tune of £22.8 million.

Motorists in the north-west of England were more affected than anyone, with authorities in that part of the country paying out £8 million and some drivers opting to avoid pothole hotspots by planningalternative routes.

The Government conducted a Potholes Review two years ago and subsequently freed up an additional £200 million for local highway authorities. It made the move due to the rise in the number of potholes on Britain's roads.

However, Which? found that local authorities are struggling to cope with the backlog of road repairs, with the figure rising from £53.2 million in 2009 to £61.3 million in 2012. The authorities predict the total cost to clear the full road maintenance backlog would hit £12.93 billion.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "Potholes are a menace for all road users. Drivers should help themselves and everyone else on the road by pointing out potholes to the local council."

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