How much are potholes costing your council?

A pothole in Somerset. Photo: Chris Hooper
A deep pothole in somerset
A deep pothole in somerset

How much are potholes costing your council?

Use our interactive map to see how much Council is spending on pothole compensation claims

A Cycling UK investigation has found that highway authorities across the UK spent £43 million on compensation and legal costs for pothole related claims between 2013-17. Use the interactive maps below to see how much your local authority spent, and how many successful or settled claims were made against them.

The full data tables and summary of findings can be found below the maps. 

Total compensation and legal costs

 

The 10 highway authorities spending the most on compensation payouts

Position

Council/Authority

Total Spend (including legal costs)

1

Devon

£5,239,755.00

2

Manchester

£3,418,669

3

Somerset

£3,234,394.50

4

Surrey

£2,468,941

5

Walsall

£1,633,239.38

6

Birmingham

£1,252,935.32

7

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

£1,176,933.00

8

Bradford Metropolitan Council

£1,097,127.00

9

Essex

£897,419.84

10

Wirral

£860,841.88

 

The 10 highway authorities spending the least on compensation payouts

Position

Council/Authority

Total Spend (excl. legal)

1

Thurrock

£0

2

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)

£0

3

Isle of Scilly

£80

4

Orkney

£89.57

5

Moray

£112.5

6

Shetland

£188.70

7

Ceredigion

£250

8

Blaenau Gwent County Borough

£1049.25

9

Halton Borough Council

£1128

10

Rutland County Council

£1346.83


Please note, some councils did not specify separately between cyclists and motorists. These table represents the top 10 councils which answered specifically to cyclists.

Total compensation (cyclists)

The 10 highway authorities spending the most on compensation payouts for cyclists

Position

Council/Authority

Total Spend (excl. legal)

1

Somerset

£2,475,588.08

2

Essex

£436,729.99

3

Cumbria

£342,860.00

4

Calderdale

£259,180.71

5

Leeds

£186,073

6

Windsor and Maidenhead

£178,862.18

7

Wiltshire

£175,731.79

8

Barnsley

£161,432.41

9

Oxfordshire

£151,244

10

Glasgow

£144,755.28

 

Please note that the majority Somerset’s compensation payments related to a single high value case.

Total no. of claims (cyclists)

The 10 highway authorities with the highest number of successful/settled claims (cyclists)

Position

Council/Authority

Total Successful/Settled Claims (cyclists)

1

Salford

59

2

Wiltshire

40

3

Gateshead

31

4

Oxfordshire

29

5

Essex

28

6

Hampshire

26

7

Cambridgeshire

25

8

Stockport

24

=9

Cumbria

23

=9

Glasgow

23

Total no. of claims

 

The 10 highway authorities with the highest number of successful/settled claims (cyclists & motorists)

Position

Council/Authority

Total Successful/Settled Claims

1

Lincolnshire

2887

2

Surrey

2533

3

Hampshire

2366

4

Wiltshire

1675

5

Devon

1567

6

Highways England

1172

7

Herefordshire

964

8

West Sussex

850

9

Leeds

756

10

Oxfordshire

722

 

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