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Drivers facing average of 14.9 potholes on UK roads, AA warns
Commercial drivers are facing an average of 14.9 potholes per neighbourhood on roads in the UK, according to research from the AA.
The average number is a significant rise on the figure recorded in 2010, when UK roads typically had 12.5 potholes.
These figures come as part of research conducted by 1,000 AA street watchers tasked with checking the conditions of roads in the UK.
Under the rules of the survey, a pothole is defined as any hole that is at least two inches deep and measuring six inches in diameter.
The research highlighted the growing risk presented to drivers attempting to navigate the current road network.
Roads in the north-east of England remain the worst for potholes with an average of 16.4 in the region, while the south-east endured 13.7 in comparison.
Norman Baker, Under-Secretary of State for Transport, called for more to be done, given that the government is providing substantial funding for improvements.
"Despite the current severe fiscal restraints we are providing £3 billion to councils for road maintenance over the next four years and an additional £6 million for longer-term strategies," he said.
Posted by Kevin McGoldrick