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.

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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.

May 292009
 

potholed roadThe actions of a small village to shame its council into repairing its roads should “act as an inspiration” for others to follow suit, says campaign website Potholes.co.uk.

Residents of North Curry compiled the 12-page dossier, including dozens of images, and presented it to Somerset County Council, in order to make officials ‘sit up and take notice.’

“This kind of public pressure is the only way things will change,” says Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct, the company behind Potholes.co.uk. “North Curry villagers have adopted a novel approach but one we applaud. We hope it acts an inspiration for other residents in towns, cities and villagers to do the same.

“They have every right to demand answers and actions from the Council. Every day we advise motorists across the country how to seek compensation after their cars have been damaged by potholes and ruts.“

McClure Fisher believes the condition of British roads has reached ‘melting point’ and that it needs a concerted plan from Central Government with funds to deliver. “I think we’re all fed up of seeing pathetically-repaired holes as part of the patch and mend policy.”

Potholes.co.uk recently declared that potholes cost British motorists £1 million per day in damage to axles and suspension, while the Asphalt Industry Alliance estimates £8.5 billion is needed to bring Britain’s road network up to scratch.

Apr 082009
 

potholes £100 millionMotorists are paying out an estimated £1 million every day in repairs because of Britain’s potholed roads with the problem worsening the further North you go, according to data published by campaign website, Potholes.co.uk.

Analysing data from leading consumer warranty provider Warranty Direct’s insurance policies* over an eight-year period, six percent of cars each year suffer from axle and suspension damage that can be traced back to poor road quality. With some claims as high as £2710 and an average repair cost of £240, this equates to a potential £413 million a year, or £1.1 million each day, for UK motorists**.

Of the 10 worst rated regions for axle and suspension failures, five are in Scotland and four in Northern England, while nine of the 10 lowest failure rates were recorded in the South of England. Ayrshire in Scotland has the highest rate in Britain, where14% of cars each year require repairs relating to poor road quality. By contrast, in Oxfordshire only 4% of cars suffer similar failures each year.

“It’s incredible how clear a North-South divide these figures appear to show,” said Warranty Direct’s Managing Director, Duncan McClure Fisher. “Either continuous driving over cracked or uneven road surfaces, or the sudden jolting of a deep pothole, can cause damage to shock absorbers, springs, upper and lower arms and stabiliser bars and this appears to be happening more in Scotland than anywhere else. Whether this is due to colder weather causing more Northern roads to crack or just poor maintenance, it seems to underline a clear difference in the condition of highways across the country.”

The figures were released to coincide with the re-launch of Potholes.co.uk – a website created to give people advice on what to do if they suffer cost or injury because of poor roads.

Warranty Direct launched Potholes.co.uk in 2007 to give motorists a chance to do something about potholes. Anyone who spots a pothole can report it to a local council through the site, as well as warning other motorists about it. And if their car has suffered damage because of a pothole, the site gives details of how to make a claim against a local council.

Suspension Failure rates across the UK by region

Position Region Percentage

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Ayrshire

14.05%

2

Northumberland

13.84%

3

Renfrewshire

13.58%

4

Angus

13.36%

5

County Durham

13.07%

6

Aberdeenshire

11.60%

7

North Yorkshire

11.21%

8

Warwickshire

10.56%

9

Lanarkshire

10.48%

10

Tyne and Wear

10.23%

11

Suffolk

10.14%

12

Midlothian

9.88%

13

Gwent

9.59%

14

County Antrim

9.48%

15

Nottinghamshire

9.33%

16

Norfolk

8.98%

17

North Humberside

8.97%

18

Derbyshire

8.93%

19

Leicestershire

8.86%

20

West Yorkshire

8.80%

21

Worcestershire

8.73%

22

Northamptonshire

8.62%

23

Fife

8.51%

24

Lincolnshire

8.30%

25

South Yorkshire

8.07%

26

South Glamorgan

7.90%

27

Cambridgeshire

7.83%

28

Dyfed

7.82%

29

Middlesex

7.70%

30

Cheshire

7.06%

31

Staffordshire

6.94%

32

Lancashire

6.90%

33

Devon

6.86%

34

Avon

6.83%

35

Cumbria

6.73%

36

Cleveland

6.62%

37

London

6.61%

38

Hampshire

6.58%

39

Berkshire

6.55%

40

Merseyside

6.24%

41

West Midlands

6.15%

42

Essex

6.11%

43

Cornwall

5.88%

44

Hertfordshire

5.67%

45

Somerset

5.40%

46

Buckinghamshire

5.27%

47

West Sussex

5.27%

48

East Sussex

5.27%

49

Dorset

5.08%

50

Kent

5.04%

51

Surrey

4.97%

52

Wiltshire

4.97%

53

Bedfordshire

4.75%

54

Gloucestershire

4.50%

55

Shropshire

4.29%

56

Oxfordshire

4.20%

Mar 032009
 

potholesThis year’s cold weather has caused a sharp increase in the number of cars being damaged by potholes, according to Warranty Direct.

Following the coldest start to winter in more than 30 years and temperatures that dropped as low as minus 18,* the UK’s leading direct consumer warranty provider had already recorded a 13 percent year-on-year increase in pothole-related axle and suspension damage in January.

With the wintry weather experienced across the UK during the first two weeks of February, that figure is expected to rise dramatically once claims roll in for damage done by rutted and potholed roads.

The “freeze and thaw” effect accelerates road surface weathering and the creation of more potholes. When the temperature drops, rainwater, which has found its way into cracks in the tarmac, expands and breaks up the bitumen. With frost on half the days in December, this will have been happening on a daily basis*.

“The problem is only going to get worse over the next week or so,” warns Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct, in response to the worst snowfall to hit Britain in 18 years.

“With a £1 billion shortfall in road maintenance budgets across the country**, local councils will have their work cut out repairing pothole damaged roads”, he says. “It’s a surefire bet that the number of claims we see will rise.”

Warranty Direct’s average claim for repairs to suspension damaged by potholes is £240, with the most expensive claim in 2008 costing £2710.

Anyone who spots a pothole can find details of how to report it to their local council through www.potholes.co.uk. The website also gives advice on how to claim compensation if your car has been damaged by poorly maintained roads.