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Wales’ worst places for potholes revealed

To mark National Pothole Day, Go.Compare Car Insurance can reveal the top ten counties in England and Wales whose roads are most peppered with potholes today (Monday 15 January).

Topping the peak pothole list was Derbyshire County Council, which reported 215,787 potholes over three years between January 2020 and December 2022.

Two more northern counties took the 2nd and 3rd place spots, with Durham and Lancashire County Councils featuring respectively, with more than 180,000 potholes reported in the same three-year period.

The comparison site submitted more than 300 Freedom of Information requests to councils across England and Wales to find out which areas had the most pothole reports. This research discovered that 2.4 million potholes were reported across England and Wales between January 2020 and December 2022.

Welsh CountyPotholes (2020-2022)
1Caerphilly County Borough Council29,885
2Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council16,511
3Cardiff Council7,696
4Ceredigion County Council7,223
5Denbighshire County Council6,469
6Swansea City and Borough Council6,315
7Isle of Anglesey County Council6,098
8Gwynedd County Council3,982
9Newport City Council3,922
10Conwy County Borough Council2,837

In total, five counties in England reported more than 100,000 potholes on their roads, with Surrey and Northumberland County Council taking the 4th and 5th spots on the list.

Local authorityReported potholes (2020 -2022)
1Derbyshire County Council215,787
2Durham County Council189,821
3Lancashire County Council189,461
4Surrey County Council142,564
5Northumberland County Council132,319
6Oxfordshire County Council79,795
7Kirklees Council73,721
8Somerset County Council59,185
9Staffordshire County Council58,689
10Kent County Council58,284

Across the UK, motorists’ frustration is being fuelled by potholes on the roads, with a recent survey from Go.Compare finding that 48% of motorists name potholes as their biggest motoring worry.

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