Britain's worst roads for potholes - revealed

25 Jun 2019

Is your street named in the list of worst for potholes?

Everyone knows a stretch of road that's particularly bad for potholes - it probably makes you fear for your car every time you have to drive along it.

However, new research has revealed exactly which highways in Britain are the very worst in terms of damage.

Using data from councils across the country, Car Parts 4 Less compiled a list of the most-complained about routes to find the road with the most uneven surface over the past 12 months.

While the north-west has historically been poor in this kind of list, it has now been knocked off the top spot by the nation's capital.

Bath Road in Hounslow took the dubious honour of being the worst road for potholes, with 828 complaints made against it last year.

This was followed by Seven Hills Road in Surrey (628), Oxford Street in London (530) and Burnley Road in West Yorkshire (465).

The top five was rounded out by the A390 in Truro/Chiverton, which received 391 complaints against it.

It will come as no surprise to drivers to find so many roads in disrepair, with damage from potholes costing £1.7 billion in repairs each year. The average bill currently sits at £157.75.

Meanwhile, according to a recent study by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, nearly 40,000 miles of British roads are in a 'poor condition' and could start to crumble within the next five years.

The government announced last year that councils in England are to get an extra £420 million to deal with potholes, while it plans to spend a total of £28.8 billion on improving the network of highways in the UK.

A Car Parts 4 Less spokesperson said: "It's always valuable to us to look at the country's worst roads so we're able to pass this insight onto our customers. Although this tool won't fix the offending roads for drivers, it should help build drivers' awareness of the worst roads and which ones to avoid to protect their car from damage."