United Kingdom's road repair crisis

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In 2013, the breakdown service Britannia Rescue reported that potholes now “take up a total area of 295 square miles (764 square km) in Britain – more than twice the size of the Isle of Wight”.[1]

The United Kingdom's pothole epidemic could cost £9bn and a decade to solve.[2]

A 2016 UK Automobile Association study found that 32% of UK drivers have experienced vehicle damage caused by potholes in the last two years.[3]

In 2018, UK roads ranked were ranked 27th in the world which was a ranking below Chile and Cyprus.[4]

UK's cut in its minor roadway budget

In 2018, the website roads.cc reported:

Cycling UK says that cuts to maintenance budgets for minor roads mean that potholes on them are now costing the economy £2.04 billion in 2017 in England alone.

The figure is based on analysis by the Transport Research Laboratory, which has said that for every £1 cut from the maintenance budget, there is a wider economic impact of £1.67.

Since 2009/10, Cycling UK says that maintenance spend on minor roads has fallen by 40 per cent, and that in 2016/17, only 51 per cent of the entire road maintenance budget was spent on them - down from 60 per cent in 2009/10 - despite them making up 88 per cent of the entire road network.[5]

Britain's road repair crisis

The Week reported: "The AA’s insurance chief, Janet Connor, has described Britain’s broken roads as “nothing short of a national disgrace.”[6]

Britain's pothole crisis is costing drivers and insurance firms at least £1m per month.[7]

In 2013, Britain had one pothole in every mile of road.[8] In 2013, the breakdown service Britannia Rescue reported that potholes now “take up a total area of 295 square miles (764 square km) in Britain – more than twice the size of the Isle of Wight”.[9]

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Notes

  1. POTHOLE PANDEMIC COSTING BRITISH TAXPAYER £MILLIONS, WheelWright
  2. Pothole HELL: UK motorists let down as pothole crisis could cost £9bn & a DECADE to solve, Express, 2018
  3. How big is the pothole problem?
  4. UK roads ranked worse than Chile and Cyprus in global survey, Motors.co.uk
  5. Cycling UK: Potholes on minor roads are costing the economy £2 billion a year, roads.cc
  6. Britain’s broken roads cost drivers £1m a month, The Week, 2018
  7. Britain’s broken roads cost drivers £1m a month
  8. POTHOLE PANDEMIC COSTING BRITISH TAXPAYER £MILLIONS, WheelWright
  9. POTHOLE PANDEMIC COSTING BRITISH TAXPAYER £MILLIONS, WheelWright