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Revealed: England’s Worst Roads 2016

Revealed: England’s Worst Roads 2016
  • Cottage Lane, Lancashire is the most complained about road in England
  • Besigheim Way, Newton Abbot had the most spent on its upkeep in 2016 – Over £3 million

As winter approaches and driving conditions become more treacherous, new research reveals the worst roads in Britain to drive on.

Car Parts 4 Less gathered council data through a series of Freedom of Information requests to find the most complained about roads across England and created an online tool to help drivers avoid the worst routes http://www.carparts4less.co.uk/englands-worst-roads/worst-roads.html?region=yorkshire_humber

The 5 Worst Roads in England:

Road Name # Of Complaints Council Region
Cottage Lane 271 Lancashire North West
Liverpool Road (A57) 188 Salford North West
Chester Road 162 Cheshire East UA North West
Topsham Road, Exeter 136 Devon South West
Bingley Relief Road (A650) 115 Bradford North East

The data shows the North-West is bearing the brunt of England’s terrible tarmac, with the top three worst roads found in Lancashire, Salford and Cheshire.

Lancashire Council was given £120,445,000 for 2015/16 to help maintain and repair roads in the area. The authority spent the most (£1,760) on Chapel Lane, despite Cottage Lane being the most complained about road. [1]

Potholes cost UK drivers almost £684 million in car repairs annually, with one pothole compensation claim made every 17 minutes [2]. Many disgruntled drivers have taken to social media sites to voice their complaints. [3]

English roads are so infamously bumpy that Japanese car manufacturer Honda had to build a four mile testing track that mimicked British roads to see if its cars were hardy enough to survive our tarmac.

In 2014/15, the UK government spent £4.6 billion on road maintenance, more than in any of the previous four years [4].

Nearly £2.3 million was paid by the government in compensation to drivers whose cars were damaged by pesky potholes in the past year. The Asphalt Industry Alliance reported a threefold increase in the number of potholes in 2013 alone.

The councils that spent the most on road maintenance in the last 12 months were:

Council Road Amount spend on Maintenance
Devon A380 Besigheim Way £3,002,756.44
West Berkshire UA A339 Newbury £1,659,000.00
Bolton Colliers Row £815,000.00
Redbridge A118 High Road £809,316.84
Darlington UA Staindrop Road £638,149.00

Ben Egleton from UK Carline regularly travels along Cottage Lane in Lancashire. “I always find this to be a troublesome start and end to my daily commute. The potholes have been dreadful. I’ve personally suffered a puncture on my drive home this year and the two cars following suffered the same fate within twenty minutes.

“We were able to claim against the local council who until then were repeatedly refilling the patchwork of potholes. Thankfully they’ve recently resurfaced Cottage Lane and so it’s now a much safer road to use.”

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