Claims for pothole damage double

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The number of compensation claims for pothole damage has reached a five-year high.


Figures from damage incurred on motorways and major A-roads show claims have doubled, with 1,089 made in 2017-18 compared to 542 the year before.


The amount of money paid out was £311 million. The most common claims were damage to shock absorbers, suspension and buckled wheels.


Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “We must ensure that we give as much attention to looking after the roads we’ve already got as we do to funding the large-scale building of new roads.”


A spokesperson for Highway England said: “Since 2015 we have resurfaced over 3,000 miles of our network and plan to resurface over 1,000 miles this financial year.”

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