Which Area Of The UK Has Most Potholes?

Sat 21st Nov 2020

From Cornwall to Kensington, the UK is absolutely riddled with holes in the road, but there are some parts of the country which are worse than others, and some councils who appear to be on top of the problem.

Data published by MoneySuperMarket.com has shown the extent of the problem with Cornwall topping the list with 210,000 potholes reported since January 2017, that’s 25,000 more than Cambridgeshire Council, which came second on the list with a whopping 184,000. Derbyshire, Devon, and Oxfordshire completed the top five.

And while Devon and Cornwall may seem to have turned a blind eye to the problem, their neighbours in Wiltshire are determined to keep their roads in good condition, spending an eye-watering £69 million on trying to fix the problem since 2017. Other big spenders include Warwickshire, Cheshire West, Kent and Cheshire East.

And the best area of the UK? Well either the expensive cars of Kensington & Chelsea have suspension which can’t even feel a bump in the road, or the posh borough simply looks after its roads, only 141 potholes have been reported in the last three years.

Deepa Patel, car insurance spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket, said: “As most drivers will know, potholes are a real nuisance.

"It’s not only that they can be dangerous from a safe driving perspective, but they can also cause damage to your car.

"Burst tyres, problems with suspension and even damage to your vehicle’s body work – potholes can really make their presence felt. 

"The cost of repairs for this kind of damage can be high, so it’s important you have the correct level of insurance cover – particularly if you live in an area where potholes are common.

“If your policy is coming to an end soon, you should shop around to make sure you have the right car insurance deal for your needs. Shopping around can save up to £280.”