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The UK motorway that has 'more potholes' than any other in Britain


Potholes are a growing crisis threatening to affect more and more drivers across Britain. Around the UK, thousands of motorists are calling for something to be done about the parlous state of the roads.

A member of the AA has now revealed that one stretch of the M5 motorway could be one of the worst places in the UK for potholes.

Vince Crane said that the road from Weston to Bristol and from Taunton to Weston-super-Mare were some of the worst places for potholes.

Mr Crane commented on factors that can sometimes influence the likelihood of potholes and therefore punctures caused by them.

Speaking to the BBC he spoke about the Weston to Bristol part of the M5. He revealed: “We often see clusters of punctures on the hard shoulder…[that] often follows a bad stretch.”

Mr Crane added that one reason why inside lanes of the motorways could be getting worse is in part down to the fact that HGVs becoming “heavier and heavier”.

The heavier a vehicle is the more pressure it puts on the road surface that gets broken up and split open due to the load on the surface. This applies not just to HGVs, but to other heavy vehicles too.

Mr Crane’s comments about the state of the UK’s roads come just days after research revealed that the country’s pothole crisis was costing the UK £14.4bn per year.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) revealed that England’s roads were so terrible they were now worse than those in Russia. The CEBR said that one of the main causes of the crisis ahs been a reduction in spending on road maintenance.

Following the report, Deputy Chairman of the CEBR, Douglas McWilliams said: “Anyone who drives or cycles will be aware that Britain’s pothole crisis is serious.

“Having completed the most recent ‘Peking to Paris’ car rally from Beijing to Paris, my take is that our roads are now worse for potholes than anywhere on that rally apart from the Far West of China and Mongolia and notably worse than in both Russia and Kazakhstan, let alone Western Europe.

“The total annual cost of potholes in England amount to £14.4 billion. As it happens, the cost of rebuilding the roads to abolish all the current potholes and make it harder for new ones to appear is estimated by the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance and Repair Survey to be £16.3 billion.”

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