The problem of potholes on Britain’s roads is getting worse, according to the RAC, despite an additional £250 million of road-repair funding announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement.
The motoring organisation says that it was called out to 25,487 pothole-related breakdowns in 2015, a rise of 24 per cent year on year.
It says it is particularly worrying that the damage to shock absorbers, suspension springs and wheels has increased because the weather has been mild at the start and the end of 2015. Crumbling roads usually worsen during spells of ice and snow, when the precipitation freezes and further cracks the road surface.
Figures released to coincide with National Pothole Day show that drivers in south-east England experienced the sharpest rise in pothole-related callouts. This number totalled 2,686 - a rise of 62 per cent. The total of 4,547 drivers affected by potholes in East Anglia made this area the most prolific region for callouts