We asked all UK councils for the number of potholes/road defects recorded, and the minimum depth required for a defect to be considered a pothole. The information we requested was for 2017/2018. 152 local authorities responded with data. This data was aggregated to show the total depth of a combined pothole in each region.
The total pothole depth was taken as the number of potholes multiplied by the minimum pothole depth for that local authority. Where a local authority doesn’t specify a minimum depth, a UK-wide median depth of 40mm was used. Regions that had a total pothole depth of fewer than 50m are not displayed.
We also asked each council to disclose the amount of compensation paid out for pothole damage. Using these figures, we were able to work out the total compensation paid out to each region and country.
Total pothole compensation for
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