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] In December 2018, it was reported that potholes recently increased by third to half a million in UK and there may be as many as 674,000 potholes in the UK.[3]

A 2016 UK Automobile Association study found that 32% of UK drivers have experienced vehicle damage caused by potholes in the last two years.[4]

In 2018, UK roads ranked were ranked 27th in the world which was a ranking below Chile and Cyprus.[5]

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.[6]

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.”[7]

Britain's pothole crisis is costing drivers and insurance firms at least £1m per month.[8]

In 2013, Britain had one pothole in every mile of road.[9] 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”.[10]

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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. Potholes increase by third to half a million in UK piling on motoring misery, Mirror, 2018
  4. How big is the pothole problem?
  5. UK roads ranked worse than Chile and Cyprus in global survey, Motors.co.uk
  6. Cycling UK: Potholes on minor roads are costing the economy £2 billion a year, roads.cc
  7. Britain’s broken roads cost drivers £1m a month, The Week, 2018
  8. Britain’s broken roads cost drivers £1m a month
  9. POTHOLE PANDEMIC COSTING BRITISH TAXPAYER £MILLIONS, WheelWright
  10. POTHOLE PANDEMIC COSTING BRITISH TAXPAYER £MILLIONS, WheelWright