Inchcape VW Investigates How Bad Are Potholes on the UK’s Roads

Drivers all across the UK will know the problems that potholes are causing to our country’s road network, with this being an issue that just doesn’t seem to want to go away, and is continuing to cause headaches for motorists.

A new report from the RAC revealed that the organisation dealt with more than 6,500 breakdown jobs between January and March 2017, which were likely attributable to poor road surfaces. The last time that so many pothole-related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then). However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions.

Autotech Recruit’s client, Inchcape Volkswagen, a VW service provider of aftersales services, MOTs and repairs to solve problems like suspension damage and wheel misalignment, attempts to find out just how bad has the UK’s road network become as a result of potholes.

Where are the UK pothole hotspots?

Gathering together the road hazards that have been reported to them, FillThatHole.org.uk has been successful in putting together a league table of the top ten locations for potholes. They rank as follows:

Position Authority Region Total reports Open reports Fixed reports Percentage fixed
1 Surrey South East England 7,657 6,473 1,149 15%
2 Hampshire South East England 4,133 3,241 849 21%
3 Essex South East England 3,804 2,912 878 23%
4 Hertfordshire South East England 3,557 3,004 530 15%
5 Kent South East England 3,478 3,105 364 10%
6 Lancashire North West England 3,301 2,484 792 24%
7 Oxfordshire South East England 3,245 2,225 985 31%
8 Glasgow Scotland 3,059 2,444 601 20%
9 Cheshire East North West England 2,980 2,110 787 27%
10 West Sussex South East England 2,845 2,034 783 28%

Here’s a look at how the top ten positions look when FillThatHole.org.uk’s league table is ranked based on open reports though:

Position Authority Region Open reports Total reports Fixed reports Percentage fixed
1 Surrey South East England 6,473 7,657 1,149 15%
2 Hampshire South East England 3,241 4,133 849 21%
3 Kent South East England 3,105 3,479 364 10%
4 Hertfordshire South East England 3,004 3,557 530 15%
5 Essex South East England 2,912 3,804 878 23%
6 Lancashire North West England 2,484 3,301 792 24%
7 Glasgow Scotland 2,444 3,059 601 20%
8 Buckinghamshire South East England 2,399 2,754 343 13%
9 Oxfordshire South East England 2,225 3,245 985 31%
10 Devon South West England 2,114 2,519 385 15%

How frequently are potholes being filled?

The average number of potholes that were filled in 2016/17 per local authority throughout England worked out at 13,468, if the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey 2017 is anything to go by.

FillThatHole.org.uk has also ranked the top ten authorities based on fixed reports. Their league table regarding this topic looks like this:

Position Authority Region Fixed reports Total reports Open reports Percentage fixed
1 York Yorkshire & Humber 1,187 1,341 151 89%
2 Surrey South East England 1,149 7,657 6,473 15%
3 Bristol South West England 1,094 1,475 199 85%
4 Oxfordshire South East England 985 3,245 2,225 31%
5 Cheshire West & Chester North West England 913 1,252 30 97%
6 Essex South East England 878 3,804 2,912 23%
7 Northumberland North East England 869 1,123 5 99%
8 Hampshire South East England 849 4,133 3,241 21%
9 Islington London 825 985 0 100%
10 Lancashire North West England 792 3,301 2,484 24%

How many drivers reported damage in the past 12 months (ranked by region)*?

Region Number of drivers
South East England 941k
London 733k
South West England 721k
Yorkshire & Humber 720k
North West England 687k
West Midlands 609k
Scotland 521k
Eastern England 457k
East Midlands 365k
North East England 343k
Wales 201k

What was the average cost to repair pothole damage (ranked by region)*?

Region Average cost
Eastern England £163.68
South East England £124.93
London £124.65
Yorkshire & Humber £120.00
South West England £119.01
Scotland £109.02
West Midlands £87.59
North West England £87.01
East Midlands £86.33
North East England £72.66
Wales £61.83

What is the structural road condition percentage split across England?

  • Percentage of roads across England in good condition (i.e. they have 15 years or more residual life remaining) — 53 per cent.
  • Percentage of roads across England in adequate condition (i.e. they have between five and 15 years’ residual life remaining) — 30 per cent.
  • Percentage of roads across England in poor condition (i.e. they have less than five years’ residual life remaining) — 17 per cent.

Sources:

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/pothole-related-breakdowns-up-despite-mild-weather/

*RAC data reported on at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/15/pothole-damage-cars-soars-two-thirds-despite-dry-mild-winter/

https://www.asphaltuk.org/wp-content/uploads/ALARM-2017.pdf

https://www.fillthathole.org.uk/league-table?sort=desc&order=Total+Reports

 

July 31st, 2017|