UK's pothole problem worsening

The UK’s pothole problem is worsening across its road network.
Maintenance / February 28, 2020 1 minute Read
By MJ Woof
The UK’s pothole problem looks set to worsen – image © courtesy of Mike Woof

An insurance firm has highlighted the serious pothole problem facing the UK’s road network due to underinvestment. Zurich UK predicts that the number of potholes across the UK network could jump from 580,636 to more than 650,000 by 2030. The firm derived this prediction on research focussing on the UK’s road condition and the limited spending on improvements.

Zurich UK utilised data compiled by economics consultancy Cebr as the basis for its report. There is a lack of spending by the UK Government on road repairs and for the capital, London, this could result in the number of potholes topping 23,000.

According to Zurich UK, a better approach to risk management is required to target problem areas. This is in spite of plans by the UK Government to spend up to €10.23 billion on road improvements by 2030.