Surrey has been named the pothole capital of the UK, according to a new survey.
The Kia Motors UK Pothole Survey has identified that 1,998 potholes afflict Surrey’s 450,000 motorists, a figure that comfortably beats second placed county Hampshire, where drivers have logged a still significant 892 potholes.
The report follows previous pothole research and was inspired by Kia dealerships who, this year, have reported a 150% increase in pothole related repairs. A major contributing factor to this figure has to be the coldest recorded UK winter in 30 years, but this is little consolation when the average repair bill for such impact is averaging £750. Suspension failure, damaged alloys and split tyres are the most common pothole incidents.
Here are the top 10 offending counties in detail:
1. Surrey (1,998 reported potholes)
2. Hampshire (892)
3. Kent (857)
4. Hertfordshire (855)
5. Oxfordshire (796)
6. Lancashire (733)
7. Essex (734)
8. West Sussex (680)
9. Buckinghamshire (678)
10. Gloucestershire (655)
According to the 2009 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM), years of persistent under-funding and neglect has left a 13-year backlog in road maintenance repairs. ALARM claims that bringing UK roads back up to scratch would require an additional £8.5 billion of funds.
But although potholes on Britain’s roads are becoming more prevalent, they could soon be much easier to detect thanks to a design idea by university students in Milan, Italy. Their ‘Street Safe Initiative’ comprises a brightly-coloured layer of asphalt a few inches beneath the surface of the road, which becomes visible when the road surface breaks up (pictured, right). The initiative is expected to be tested later this year and if successful, could be extended throughout Europe.
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