MOTORISTS made almost 2,000 calls a day last month about damage to their cars from potholes.
Drivers deluged the AA with calls as figures revealed some councils take almost two years to repair the road craters.
Motorists made almost 2,000 calls a day last month about damage to their cars from potholes
Drivers deluged the AA with calls as figures revealed some councils take almost two years to repair the road craters
A postcode lottery exists as certain authorities have more potholes than others and the time taken to fill the suspension-busters varies.
The AA said heavy rain made last month particularly bad as it took 10,000 more pothole-related call outs than March last year.
One pothole took 567 days to repair after it was first reported to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Another in Westminster took 556.
Freedom of information disclosures reveal Derbyshire’s roads are the most blighted, with 90,596 reports of potholes in 2021/22.
Lancashire County Council had 67,439 and Northumberland County Council 51,703.
AA boss Edmund King said: “The current pothole plague firmly puts the UK on the road to despair.”
Lib Dem MP Helen Morgan, whose party obtained the repair figures, said yesterday: “Motorists shouldn’t have to spend their journeys choosing between hitting potholes or dangerously swerving around an obstacle course of tarmac craters.”
The Department for Transport said it was investing more than £5.5billion to maintain roads so users “can enjoy smoother, safer journeys”.
It added that it and had announced plans to “crack down on utility companies that leave potholes in their wake after street works”.
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