Britainís worst potholed roads named

The B6343 near Morpeth and Fieldhead Lane, close to Holme, have been named as the worst pothole-strewn roads in Britain by Warranty Directís campaign website.

  • Some roads ìmore like assault coursesî
  • Call for long-term repair strategy for local roads

The two stretches were highlighted by motorists in an investigation by the website to expose the appalling state of our roads.

Although the Government recently injected a welcome £100m into an emergency pothole road maintenance fund, two harsh winters and long-term under-funding means potholes remain one of the biggest gripes among motorists.

Northumberlandís B6343 was described as having ìa huge array of potholes east of Mitfordî by Marra, one website user who nominated it. Meanwhile, Fieldhead Lane in West Yorkshire was summed up as ìmore like an off-road assault courseî by tri4west.

The two website users above will each receive a 32î Samsung LCD flat screen TV for their winning submissions.

Nearly 90 per cent of nominations were local rather than motorways or A- and B-roads, bolstering Warranty Directís call for a long-term strategy for fixing the local road network. 

Visitors to nominated over 80 sections of Britainís 246,000 mile highway network for the ignominious title.

Judge’s Top Five Pothole-Pitted Roads

  • B6343, near Morpeth, Northumberland – Major road category winner
  • Fieldhead Lane, close to Holme, West Yorkshire – Minor road category winner 
  • Long Mill Lane, Plaxtol, Kent 
  • Yattendon Road, Basildon, West Berkshire 
  • Fyfield Road, Amport, Hampshire 

With an average repair cost of £335 for damage done by Britainís crumbling roads, Warranty Direct estimates that drivers could be forking out nearly £3million every day ñ or £1 billion a year.

Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct, commented: ìTo be honest, we could have awarded the honour to tens if not hundreds of stretches of road, but these two particularly stood out for those motorists having to use them daily.

ìWe handle thousands of axle and suspension claims every year involving damage clearly sustained a result of the long-term deterioration of our roads. We welcomed the additional money in the Budget, but it needs to be a springboard in establishing a five or 10-year plan to revitalise our Third World local road network.î

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