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Pothole compensation claims top £20 million

Which? research reveals the true cost of potholes

Last year local councils in England and Wales paid a total of £22.8m in compensation to road users for damage caused by potholes, with councils in the north west of England paying out the most at £8m. 

And our research found that the backlog of road repairs per local authority in England is getting bigger. Since 2009, the backlog of pothole repairs has grown from £53.2 million to £61.3 million in 2012 on average per local authority. It is estimated that it would cost £12.93 billion to clear the entire maintenance backlog in the UK. 

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Report a pothole

Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director, said: ‘Potholes are a menace for all road users. With temperatures plummeting this week and the bitter weather conditions set to continue, the backlog of repairs could grow again. Drivers should help themselves and everyone else on the road by pointing out potholes to the local council.’

Make a pothole compensation claim

If your car has been damaged by a pothole, you may be able to claim compensation from the council. Find out more about how to make a pothole compensation claim in our advice guide.

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