Which County Has Most Potholes?

Tue 7th Dec 2021

If your car is constantly dodging holes in the road you may find it hard to believe that there might be another place in the UK that has it worse, but according to analysis from MoneySuperMarket there are areas of the country that are far far worse.

Spare a thought for the drivers of Cambridgeshire, according to the data they had 64,625 potholes in 2020, many more than Derbyshire (45,217) and more than twice as many as any other county council area. Herefordshire Council had 29,180, which is terrible for the people of Hereford, but must seem like a perfectly smooth surface in comparison.

The figures, put together by the price comparison website, have also found which county councils are spending the most to fix potholes, with Wiltshire Council leading the way with £68m spent since January 2017, which is a way more pothole aficionados Cambridgeshire Council who have only spent £10m.

And if you were wondering which area of the UK has the lowest number, well congratulations to the workers at Bolsover District Council, with a measly 29 potholes.

“Potholes can be a real menace. Not only are they dangerous but they can also cause serious damage to your car, with wheels, suspension and even body work all at risk from some of the worst,” said Sara Newell, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket.

“The cost of these repairs can be high, so make sure you have comprehensive car insurance and check the small print to see exactly what’s covered in the event of a claim, particularly if you live in an area where potholes are common and road surfaces are in a state of disrepair. 

“If you’ve experienced pothole damage but don’t want to claim on your policy, you can also consider making a claim to the relevant authority responsible for maintaining the road where the damage occurred.

"For example, local authorities tend to be responsible for local roads and B roads, while Highways England is responsible for A roads and motorways.

"However, note that a claim is far more likely to be successful if the pothole has already been reported, and you’ll need to provide evidence of the damage and the incident, including photos, witnesses, and receipts for any repairs."