Potholes

Grayling launches £200m pothole fund

01/04/2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200m for road maintenance and pothole repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Report finds disparities in highways maintenance funding

26/03/2019

An increase in local authority highways maintenance budgets is helping to stem the decline in local roads, a new report has found.

Council chiefs welcome pothole consultation

06/03/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a Government consultation on utility firms’ roadworks guarantee, but warned it does not address the repairs backlog.

Councils paying out £8,800 per cyclist in pothole compensation

04/03/2019

Councils are paying out an average of £8,800 per cyclist in pothole compensation claims, a new investigation has revealed.

Pothole compensation costs councils nearly £3m a year

13/02/2019

Councils paid £2.8m to drivers for damage caused by potholes in 2017/18, new figures have revealed.

Multi-million funding boost to prevent potholes

31/01/2019

The Government has announced a £23m funding boost to develop new technology that can stop potholes from forming.

RAC reports drop in pothole-related breakdowns

29/01/2019

The last quarter of last year saw one of the lowest percentage shares of Winter pothole-related faults on record, according to the RAC.

Council investigates using ‘smart’ cars to detect potholes

22/01/2019

Oxfordshire County Council could be rolling out ‘smart’ cars to help detect potholes quickly.

Councils take ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes

18/01/2019

Councils are increasingly adopting a ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes, an analysis of council response times to calls about road defects has found.

Potholes ‘wreak havoc’ with drivers

12/10/2018

A lack of sufficient funding to maintain local roads means potholes are ‘wreaking havoc’ with drivers, motoring body says.

Gloucestershire appoints Ringway to deliver £245m infrastructure contract

25/09/2018

Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Ringway Infrastructure Services to deliver a new multi-million pound highways maintenance contract for the county.

Whitehall not doing ‘nearly enough’ to tackle pothole epidemic

24/08/2018

The Government is not doing ‘nearly enough’ to improve the state of the roads in the UK, road users say.

Council faces legal action over pothole death

10/08/2018

Warwickshire County Council is facing possible legal action after delays in repairing a pothole led to the death of a cyclist.

Pothole-related breakdowns hit ‘three-year high’

16/07/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more funding for local road maintenance as second quarter pothole-related breakdowns hit a three-year high.

Pothole ‘epidemic’ costing drivers and insurers £1m per month

11/05/2018

Pothole-related car insurance claims have risen by 171% in the first four months of 2018, new research has revealed today.

Council chiefs call for ‘real investment’ to fix local roads

23/04/2018

Local authority leaders have called for ‘real investment’ into local roads as new research reveals drivers spent one million years on the road in 2016.

Pothole impact of Beast from the East 'still to be seen'

18/04/2018

The RAC has blamed the recent bad weather for a rise in pothole-related breakdowns, but warned the full extent of the problem remains to be seen.

Potholes ‘cutting off’ rural communities, insurer warns

16/04/2018

The deteriorating rural road network is in danger of cutting off countryside communities, rural insurer warns.

Councils awarded £900,000 for connected maintenance

27/03/2018

Councils are to share £900,000 to invest in innovations using connected vehicles.

Councils spend £43m on pothole claims in five years

26/03/2018

Councils across the UK have paid out at least £43m on compensation claims from potholes over the last five years, according to a cycling charity.

Councils given £100m to repair two million potholes

26/03/2018

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced almost £100m extra cash for councils to help repair roads badly affected by recent cold weather.

One in five local roads ‘structurally poor’

20/03/2018

More than 24,400 miles of roads need essential repair in the next year, a new survey has revealed.

Potholes kill or injure hundreds of cyclists, figures reveal

08/03/2018

Nearly 400 cyclists have been killed or maimed over the last decade due to poorly maintained local roads, new figures reveal.

Drivers ‘frustrated’ with fall in pothole-fixing funds

26/02/2018

Only 15% of drivers say local roads are maintained to a high standard, survey reveals as council chiefs warn of underfunding for local infrastructure.

Pothole progress thwarted by underfunding, RAC warns

26/01/2018

The country has ‘gone backwards’ in terms of pothole progress, the RAC says as it warns poor weather will make the situation worse in the coming months.

Government commits £46m to fix potholes

15/12/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed nearly £50m to fixing potholes as part of a multi-million pound investment aimed at improving England’s roads.

Councils paid out more than £3m last year due to pothole damage

19/10/2017

Putting all the UK's potholes together would create a 40km hole stretching down to the Earth's mantle, according to research by the comparison website Confused.com.

Report reveals increase in pothole-related breakdowns

01/08/2017

The number of pothole-related faults attended by RAC patrols in the second quarter of this year increased by almost a third (31%) compared to the same period in 2016.

'Knife edge' warning as RAC reports shock rise in pothole breakdowns

15/05/2017

The RAC warned the country’s roads are on a knife-edge as it reported a 63% increase in pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of the year.

Self-driving cars need well-maintained roads, study argues

07/04/2017

Driverless and connected cars add weight to the case for improved highway maintenance, report says.

Councils need £12bn to bring roads ‘up to scratch’

28/03/2017

Roads are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired and it would need more than £12bn to bring them up to scratch, council leaders have warned.

Increased lorry loads contribute to ‘pothole crisis’

20/02/2017

An increase in the number of heavier lorries on the local roads network could see the number of potholes 'spike', council chiefs are warning.

Petition calls for more money to tackle potholes

15/02/2017

A petition calling on the Government to invest an additional 2p per litre of the existing fuel duty into fixing potholes has been launched.

Potholes to increase at 'unprecedented rate’

16/01/2017

Potholes are likely to appear at an ‘unprecedented rate’ over the next few months, a motoring group has warned.

Councils welcome road maintainance funding but warn its ‘not enough’

13/01/2017

Council chiefs welcomed the Government’s announcement that local authorities will not be allocated local road maintainance funding through an ‘uncertain bidding process’.

Councils to trial new 'pothole-spotter' technology

13/01/2017

New ‘pothole-spotter’ technology is to be trialled by Thurrock and York Councils in a bid to revolutionise the way potholes are identified and managed.

Pothole repair bill to reach £14bn

09/01/2017

This year could be a ‘tipping point’ for potholes, council chiefs warn as road repair bills are projected to reach £14bn within two years.

Councils received over 30,000 pothole compensation claims in past year

13/10/2016

Motorists made over 30,000 compensation claims to councils last year for damage caused to their vehicles by poor road conditions, new figures have revealed.

Cuts force council to use volunteers to fill in potholes

07/10/2016

Devon County Council is committing £100,000 to train volunteers to repair potholes in their local areas due to budget reductions.

Association calls for official definition of a pothole

03/08/2016

A national statutory definition of what comprises a pothole would stop councils from ‘moving the goal posts’ to save money, according to an industry body.

Figures show rise in call-outs for pothole-related damage

01/08/2016

The number of vehicles being damaged by potholes has more than doubled in the past decade, according to new figures released by the RAC.

County to invest £10m in road surfacing project

20/05/2016

Suffolk County Council has agreed to use £10m from its reserves to fund three million square metres of new road surfacing.

Connected cycle light wins smart city award

13/05/2016

An intelligent cycle light that can show city planners where best to invest money in cycling infrastructure and the sites of potential potholes, has won a £15,000 prize.

Top tips for pothole management: How to reduce the risk

08/04/2016

With the revised Highways Code set to make a risk-based approach more important than ever, Paul Tombs has put together the following top tips for local authorities.

Whitehall should invest '230 times' more to tackle potholes, says LGA

07/04/2016

The Government's proposed £50m investment into fixing potholes falls dramatically short of the required funding, say council chiefs.

Report reveals £12bn road repair backlog

23/03/2016

It will take 14 years to clear the current backlog of road repairs across England thanks to ‘decades of underfunding’, a new report has warned.

Government pledges millions to tackle Yorkshire’s potholes

18/03/2016

The Government has committed an extra £25.6m to help North Yorkshire tackle the scourge of potholes as part of its drive to build the Northern Powerhouse.

Pothole funding only 'papering over the cracks'

10/03/2016

Nearly two our of five drivers had their vehicles damaged by potholes over the past two years, a new survey has revealed.

Tech entrepreneur dies after hitting pothole

04/03/2016

Father-of-three Ralph Brazier, 52, died after his bicycle hit a notorious pothole in Weybridge, Surrey, the Daily Mail reports.

Fixing stubborn pothole ‘futile’, says former mayor

17/02/2016

A town in Wiltshire is being plagued by a persistent group of potholes, reports the Western Daily Press.

National Pothole Day is back!

15/01/2016

Today is the second day dedicated to challenging the scourge of our roads and pavements: the pothole.

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