UK Councils spent £99 million to fix UK potholes in 2020

UK Councils spent £99 million to fix UK potholes in 2020

A new study reveals that UK councils have spent a combined total of £99 million fixing potholes in 2020.

But with a staggering 39,810 potholes in the UK in 2020 and numbers still rising, GoCompare Car wanted to find out which UK regions would run the risk of finding one every time you take to the roads.

After sending out a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to 67 UK councils, the biggest offenders have been revealed.

Kent is the UK’s pothole capital with over 50,000 recorded in the last 3 years

Rank Place Number of potholes reported (2018-20)
1 Kent 52,245
2 Staffordshire 40,725
3 Fife 36,056
4 Northern Ireland 30,666
5 Bristol 27,612
6 Glasgow 25,636
7 Cheshire 25,105
8 Lancashire 19,094
9 Stockport 18,120
10 Edinburgh 17,968
11 Manchester 16,017
12 Stoke 14,782
13 Leeds 14,574
14 Rotherham 14,311
15 Norfolk 13,343
16 Birmingham 12,257
17 Sheffield 11,118
18 Wiltshire 10,914
19 Salford 9,329
20 Ealing 8,850<

Kent is listed as the UK’s pothole capital and tops the table for the sheer number of holes in its roads. Staffordshire placed second with a whopping 40,725 potholes reported over the three year span. The Scottish region of Fife was third with 36,056 reported potholes.

Portsmouth reported the least out of the UK’s cities with just 383 potholes in the past three years. London boroughs Royal Greenwich and Hammersmith and Fulham also reported low numbers at 199 and 141 respectively.

UK Councils spent £99 million to fix UK potholes in 2020


Liverpool took the longest on average to repair potholes at 191 days

Liverpool took an average of 191 days between 2018 and 2020 to repair potholes once they had been reported. However, the council has only taken 66 days to repair their potholes this year, making it the UK’s most improved council.

Stoke placed second with an average of 88 days and Southampton followed in third taking 71 days on average to fix their pockmarked roads.

Out of the UK’s regions, the South East took the longest to report and repair potholes with an average of 31.3 days.

Highways of England were the fastest to mend potholes between report and repair, leaving an average of just one day. Two of the fastest fillers out of the UK’s cities are Sunderland and Birmingham – both also get round to resurfacing roads in a record one-day average.

UK Councils spend £99m a year on fixing potholes

Rank Council spending the most on pothole repair Amount spent by each council to repair potholes
1 Lancashire £16,318,000
2 Kent £10,500,000
3 Cornwall £9,567,858
4 Wolverhampton £7,474,720
5 Bath £6,636,510
6 Wiltshire £6,629,377
7 Nottingham £3,744,000
8 Manchester £3,576,796
9 Havering £3,000,000
10 Plymouth £2,895,072

The UK’s councils have spent a combined total of £99 million on fixing potholes in 2020. Biggest spenders include Lancashire (£16.31m), Wolverhampton (£7.47m), and Cornwall (£9.56m). However, Kent spent the most pounds per pothole with £10.5m on resurfacing roads, £400,000 more than they had done the year before.

Claiming on damages: Insurance vs Council

UK drivers can choose to claim for pothole damage on their car insurance but can also claim from the council, or authority, responsible for maintaining the road where the pothole damage occurred.

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