Potholes concern motorists

  • Poor road surfaces come top of UK-wide study
  • Road works seen as smallest problem by public
  • Bad signs and faded road markings also an issue

A survey by the AA detailing problems on our roadways has revealed the most serious issue facing local neighbourhoods is potholes.

According to AA Streetwatch, a study carried out by volunteers across the whole country, 53% of those that participated found potholes to be the most serious concern. At the same time road work was the least-reported issue.

The survey found that Oldham, Blackpool (specifically the Flyde Coast) and Dartford were the worst affected areas. At the other end of the scale, the best performing areas were Taunton, Berwick & Borders and Ipswich.

Kilmarnock, Flyde Coast and Telford were found to be worst for potholes and patches, while the best-scoring area was London. Paisley and Liverpool were worst for both litter and dog fouling, while Berwick & Borders took top spot in the cleanliness category.

On a regional level, Wales was the best performing, while the North East of England came last.

Carried out over all 118 postcode areas in the UK, a total of 1,912 AA members carried out the study. They reported on a total of 12 criteria within two miles of their homes. These criteria were: potholes, road repairs, damaged kerbs, inspection covers, road works, uneven payments, blocked drains, badly-parked vehicles, litter, dog's mess, bad signs and worn road markings.