REGIONAL
  • Miles of Local Authority road

  • Number of licensed cars in region

  • Estimated time to clear highway maintenance backlog

  • Number of potholes filled over last year

  • Frequency of resurfacing, all road classes

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North East

West Midlands

Wales

South West

Yorkshire & Humber

East Midlands

London

North West

South East

East

Minimum depth
a hole has to be
to be defined as
a pothole.

40mm

Potholes filled

grew

%

between 2012 and 2013

£58

The average cost across the
UK of filling a pothole

10-20

Years for the ideal frequency
of road resurfacing

363

The average number of claims per authority
for compensation for damage to a person or
vehicle as a result of poor road condition

£114m

The total cost of fixing
potholes in the UK

Let’s talk scale.

grab a 10p piece and match to the image.
(we’ll use this measurement!)

Let's
compare
Skip 10p
sizing

This is a life-size image of a Ford Focus wheel.

Pretty big, ey?

Number of Ford Focuses that would fit into UK potholes

  • 25,445

    2007 944,000 Potholes
  • 23,008

    2008 853,614 Potholes
  • 26,097

    2009 968,195 Potholes
  • 38,112

    2010 1,413,963 Potholes
  • 59,353

    2011 2,202,000 Potholes
  • 45,391

    2012 1,684,000 Potholes
  • 58,410

    2013 2,167,000 Potholes

This is a scale
1:10
image of Big Ben’s clock.

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Number of times the Westminster's Clock Tower fits inside the UK's filled potholes

  • 37

    2007 944,000 Potholes
  • 33

    2008 853,614 Potholes
  • 38

    2009 968,195 Potholes
  • 55

    2010 1,413,963 Potholes
  • 85

    2011 2,202,000 Potholes
  • 65

    2012 1,684,000 Potholes
  • 84

    2013 2,167,000 Potholes

Vehicle miles travelled (in billions) in the UK