The UK ‘town’ named ‘the absolute worst’ for potholes across the whole country | UK | News

February 15, 2024
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Potholes are a nightmare for drivers, causing everything from burst tyres to dangerous accidents.

Barnet, a borough in London, has been named as the worst area for potholes across the entire country. As of January 29 2024, there were 4,656 reported potholes in the area, according to a study by data collection experts at SmartSurvey.

They analysed reports of potholes registered via FixMyStreet.com for 69 cities across England, Scotland and Wales. On average, there are 12 potholes per 1,000 residents in Barnet.

The ‘fix rate’ in this North London borough is only 32.6 percent, which is very low compared to other local authorities. Lewisham Council is the most responsive, fixing 98.45 percent of reported potholes.

According to the data, Barnet is significantly worse for potholes than any other area in London. The next worst borough is Richmond upon Thames, where only 2.6 potholes remain unfixed per 1,000 residents.

Potholes have been causing issues for a while in Barnet. Locals couldn’t use their regular bus stops due to major potholes near the Dollis Valley estate at the start of 2024.

A surprising sign appeared on Barnet’s Mays Road and left residents confused as they were blocked from using their closest bus stop. The sign came from Transport for London and read: “Bus stop closed. Buses are unable to serve this stop due to large potholes. Please board your bus at the Barnet Hill.”

Reacting to the situation, Cllr Alan Schneiderman, Barnet Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change stated: “Tackling potholes is a key commitment for us as a new administration following the local elections in May 2022. We are proposing to invest over £100million over five years to repair roads and tackle potholes.

“The data cited is also misrepresentative of the facts. The most urgent potholes are fixed within 24 hours and all others between seven and 28 days. Barnet is disproportionately affected by potholes with one of the largest road networks in London. Barnet also has amongst the highest volume of vehicle movements a day in London of which 1000 are HGVs.”

This article was crafted with the help of AI tools, which speed up the Daily Express editorial research. A Daily Express editor reviewed this content before it was published. You can report any errors here.



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