COVID-19 UPDATE - ALL OUR CENTRES REMAIN OPEN COVID-19 UPDATE
ALL OUR CENTRES REMAIN OPEN

Over £351m Spent on Pothole Repairs

Thursday 21st January 2021



No matter how safely you drive, your vehicle can end up on the receiving end of pricey damage if the roads you drive on are uneven and littered with potholes. The team at Formula One Autocentres filed Freedom of Information requests with UK councils in order to determine the total damage that potholes are causing councils and drivers across the country.

Costing Councils

The results of the freedom of information requests were staggering. Based on responses from the majority of UK councils, the total number of complaints and requests to repair damaged roads was 514,235. The amount that was spent on these repairs totalled £351,862,448.95.

Not only are potholes creating huge costs for local councils, but they are also costing drivers thousands of pounds in repairs.

Our research also revealed that there has been a total of 22,624 claims made against UK councils due to damage from road surfaces. Of these, only 3,623 were successful (16%), culminating in a total payout of £2,070,071.69 to drivers.

Worst Affected Areas

Of the councils who were able to provide full data on their pothole problems, the areas which seem to be worst affected were Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Lancashire. Based on the amount spent on road repairs, these were the worst hit councils:

Council Amount Spent
Oxfordshire
£41,000,000
Hertfordshire
£35,670,000
Lancashire
£25,680,000
Liverpool
£23,520,594
Suffolk
£23,305,000

The Worst Street in the UK

Of the data that was provided, the road that received the highest number of requests and complaints concerning surface repair was the A596 in Cumbria, which had a total of 273 complaints across 2019/20.

Coming a close second is Essex Road in Hertfordshire, which received 137 complaints and requests.

Road Council Number of Complaints
A596
Cumbria
273
Essex Road
Hertfordshire
137
Derby Road
Stafford
130
Pontefract Road
Barnsley
128
St Phillips Ave, Eastbourne Mayfield Lane, Wadhurst
East Sussex
128
Deep Dale Lane
Derbyshire
123

 

Staying Safe on Uneven Roads

Potholes and uneven roads cause a huge amount of damage to vehicles, and can end up costing drivers a significant amount in repairs. While councils are endeavouring to fix as many of these issues as possible, there is still plenty of work to be done before all UK roads are even and pothole-free.

The best way to avoid the cost of repairs to your car on roads that are notorious for potholes is to always drive carefully, and avoid driving over them whenever possible.

Price Promise

We simply WON’T be beaten on price! Check out our Price Promise

We simply WON’T be beaten on price!

Check out our Price Promise

Family Owned

Formula One Autocentres are a family owned company providing value, care and service locally for over 50 years
PROVIDING VALUE,
CARE & SERVICE
LOCALLY
FOR OVER 50 YEARS

What people are saying about us...

  • Over the years have always been treated with courtesy and excellent service this time no different

    - Raymond, Bedford - Aug 27, 2020
  • - Ashford - Oct 18, 2020
  • Shane from Newhaven is my personal hero and you should give him a payrise. He saved my car.

    - Newhaven - Dec 18, 2020
and there’s more >>

Service you can trust

4.5 Stars on Trust Pilot
Motor Industry Code of Practice