Nottinghamshire has been named the ‘pothole capital’ of the UK, according to research by MoneySuperMarket.

The consumer website acquired the council data proving this via a Freedom of Information Request (FOI). With almost 254,000 road imperfections reported between January 2017 and June 2019, it reveals Nottinghamshire as the most pothole-infested county in the country.

Devon placed second with just under 148,000 potholes reported, making Nottinghamshire the leader by quite a stretch. In third place was Kirklees, located in West Yorkshire, with around 135,000 reports – followed by Cambridgeshire and East Riding of Yorkshire which have accumulated around 113,000 and 84,000 reports respectively.

Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket, told “As most drivers will know, potholes are a real menace and they increase in number during the winter period, as freezing temperatures can cause road surfaces to break.”

When it comes to money spent on pothole repairs, Hertfordshire topped the list with a figure of £14.1 million. Nottinghamshire (£12.2 million) and Devon (£9.1 million) came in at second and third.

Wait added: “We’re expecting a particularly cold winter, so we may well see the number of potholes rise or worsen.

“Driving over a pothole can cause serious damage to your car. Depending on the severity of the incident, it can lead to burst tyres, problems with suspension and even damage to your vehicle’s body work.”


December 2, 2019

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