Oct 012015
 

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With potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories this past week:

Villages could pay £300 for extra pothole repairs – Eastern Daily Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pilot scheme to help reduce the number of potholes on Norfolk’s rural roads could see parish councils paying £300 a year for the extra service. While the service allows parishes to buy additional Highway Ranger visits to repair damaged roads and potholes, there could be a growing concern of other parishes being strapped for cash when it comes to paying the additional money.

Potholes galore in Manchester – Manucnian Matters

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester has ranked second in a list of UK cities with the highest number of accident claims filed against local councils in 2014. It’s been implied that the deterioration of Manchester’s roads is one of the factors that contribute to the number of accidents on council owned land.

Milton Keynes Council – 40% fewer potholes in the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milton Keynes Council has reported that it has reduced the number of potholes in the city by 40 per cent. This has achieved as part of the Council’s £50m resurfacing investment into Milton Keynes’ roads, Redways and footpaths.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Sep 172015
 

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With potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories this past week:

Injured Derbyshire cyclist: I will sue council over potholes – Derby Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of more discussed stories on our social feeds this week was the story involving Chris Clay who was injured after getting in a cycling accident caused by a large pothole in Dalbury Lees. Left with concussion, a broken elbow and a fractured cheekbone, Mr Clay is taking legal action against Derbyshire County Council.

Most pothole riddled cul-de-sac fails to be resurfaced – Northampton Chronicle.

 

 

 

 

 

Residents of a pothole riddled cul-de-sac in Northampton have a had a petition to repair the street turned down despite claims it could be one of bumpiest in the town. Last year Northamptonshire County Council was awarded £1.5 million to repair hole-laden roles but this cul-de-sac has not been deemed suitable.

Motorists to benefit from new road A90 surface near Laurencekirk – Montrose Review

 

 

 

 

 

Motorists using the A90 near Laurencekirk has benefitted from an improved road surface following a £181,000 investment by Transport Scotland.  Overnight improvements took place earlier this month and have seen the southbound carriageway resurfaced.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Sep 102015
 

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With potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories this past week:

Anglesey Council Insurance Payouts – BBC News

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Insurance pay-outs from Anglesey council in North West Wales have almost cost £800,000 over the past five years. 311 insurance claims have been paid out and with another 100 still unsettled and £1.2m reserved to cover potential costs.

CTC warns Britain’s dilapidated roads are costing lives – The Telegraph

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Reported by The Telegraph, the national cycling charity CTC have suggested an increase in figures related to cyclists being killed on British roads is potentially down to local authorities failing to repair potholes.

Port of Liverpool £1.7m resurfacing project begins – Liverpool Echo

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£1.7m worth of work has begun on a major resurfacing project on one of Liverpool’s main roads. A two and a half mile stretch, covering nearly 60,000 square meters will be resurfaced. The work is set to be carried out up to February 2016.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter and Google+ feeds.

May 072014
 

Potholes SignCampaigners revealed yesterday that winter floods have created a huge surge in drivers’ claims for compensation from potholes.

The number of claims to the council in the worst-hit county Somerset rose from 24 in November and December last year to 240 in January and February. In Worcestershire they rose from 25 to 125 in the same months and in Dorset from 85 to 193.

Potholes.co.uk carried out the survey, where drivers can report hazards and get advice on compensation. Warranty Direct, who back the site, proposes introducing temporary warning signs to draw attention to the on-going problem with the crumbling roads. The signs could be adopted to warn motorists and other road users about pothole-ridden stretches of road.

Managing director David Gerrans, said: “With potholes costing drivers £730 million a year – with an average bill of £247 – a sign only needs to stop a couple of incidents to justify its price. If road signs can warn of falling rocks from above then why not craters from below?”

As a result of the heavy rainfall damaging roads, campaign website Potholes.co.uk had more than 1500 potholes reported across the UK in January and February alone, by motorists who had either damaged their vehicles or were trying to warn others of the hazards.

The road industry has said it would cost £12 billion to bring Britain’s roads up to standard. The Department for Transport said it had made £383 million available in emergency funds to repair damaged roads.

If your vehicle has been damaged as a result of a pothole, you may be entitled to compensation from your council. Visit www.potholes.co.uk/claims/how_to_claim for more information.

Mar 042013
 

pothole-image-2-966696236-918259Motorists in Scotland and the North of England are up to three times as likely to damage their cars on poorly maintained, potholed roads, according to campaign website, Potholes.co.uk.

Automotive warranty specialist, Warranty Direct, analysed data from more than 50,000 live consumer policies over four years and found that the 10 regions of the UK in which suspension failure is most prevalent are all at the top of the UK, with North Yorkshire being the furthest south.

Overall, UK drivers pay out more than £1 million a day* to repair axle and suspension parts on their cars, thanks largely to the legacy of years of underinvestment in road maintenance.

One in 10 motorists in the Angus region of Scotland will get an unwanted garage bill for suspension repairs this year, compared with just 3.2% in East Sussex, where you are least likely to suffer pothole damage.

With an average repair cost of £257, axle and suspension faults are the most common suffered by British motorists, the reason for one in five visits to a workshop every year.

This winter has already seen some of the worst road conditions in recent history. Potholes.co.uk has seen a sharp increase in visitor numbers since December. In the last three months, more drivers have reported damage than in the same period in any of the last three years and, with ‘pothole season’ expected to last until April, more misery is yet to come.

Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “It isn’t just the catastrophic suspension failures that potholes can cause that are the problem. Continued driving over potholes or other uneven road obstacles, like speed humps, gives your car’s suspension a regular pounding and the cumulative damage this causes will eventually result in a breakage.

“With so much of our road network resembling Swiss cheese, it’s almost impossible to avoid. This is especially true of places, like Scotland, which have a high concentration of rural roads, as these get less attention from local authorities than major highways.”**

Seven of the 10 UK regions worst affected by bad roads are in Scotland, with the top 20 dominated by northern counties. Meanwhile, the best places to avoid pothole perils are mostly in the South, with Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Hampshire all among the safest regions.

Position

Region

Suspension Failure Rate

1

Angus

9.97%

2

Renfrewshire

9.76%

3

Lanarkshire

9.73%

4

Ayrshire

8.69%

5

Aberdeenshire

8.46%

6

Midlothian

8.16%

7

North Yorkshire

7.28%

8

Tyne and Wear

7.03%

9

Perthshire

6.70%

10

Cumbria

6.52%

11

South Yorkshire

6.28%

12

Berkshire

6.12%

13

Gloucestershire

6.01%

14

Cheshire

5.71%

15

Shropshire

5.69%

16

Warwickshire

5.43%

17

West Yorkshire

5.38%

18

Northamptonshire

5.32%

19

Northumberland

5.02%

20

Stirlingshire

4.97%

21

Lincolnshire

4.96%

22

Hertfordshire

4.92%

23

Nottinghamshire

4.84%

24

West Sussex

4.83%

25

Buckinghamshire

4.81%

26

County Durham

4.77%

27

Surrey

4.73%

28

Merseyside

4.70%

29

Cambridgeshire

4.69%

30

West Midlands

4.69%

31

Avon

4.64%

32

Leicestershire

4.61%

33

South Glamorgan

4.57%

34

Wiltshire

4.48%

35

Cornwall

4.44%

36

Middlesex

4.42%

37

Kent

4.37%

38

Bedfordshire

4.36%

39

Derbyshire

4.33%

40

London

4.33%

41

Staffordshire

4.29%

42

Suffolk

4.27%

43

Lancashire

4.18%

44

Norfolk

4.11%

45

County Antrim

3.98%

46

Worcestershire

3.97%

47

Essex

3.97%

48

Hampshire

3.88%

49

Dorset

3.75%

50

Devon

3.46%

51

Somerset

3.42%

52

East Sussex

3.17%