The UK’s worst roads to drive on have been named by new research.
Using data from councils around the country, Car Parts 4 Less has compiled a list of the most-complained about routes has been compiled, along with a list of those that have had the most money spent on improving them.
After two years of the North-West claiming the dubious title of having the worst road, London has taken the title, with Bath Road in Hounslow receiving 828 complaints in 2018.
Seven Hills Road in Walton on Thames was the second most-complained about road last year, with 628 drivers raising concern about its condition. London’s famous Oxford Street claimed the third spot in the list of shame, with 530 complaints.
10 most-complained about roads in the UK
# of complaints
Seven Hills Road
Walton on Thames, Surrey
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
South East England
West Hoathly, West Sussex
South East England
The data reflects the number of complaints a council has received about the condition of a stretch of road, most of which involve potholes and road works.
Potholes cost UK drivers almost £1.7 billion in car repairs annually, with the average repair cost for pothole damage sitting at £157.75, but according to recent research by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, 40,000 miles of Britain’s roads are in “poor condition” and could crumble away in the next five years.
Last year, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that councils in England were to get an extra £420 million to deal with potholes on top of a £4.7 billion six-year highway maintenance project announced announced in 2014.
In 2017/18 this funding meant that authorities outside of London received £801m to maintain roads, in comparison to £826m in 2016/17 and £901m in 2015/16.
London received a separate road maintenance budget of £20m in 2018, excluding the borough of Hounslow, where roads are funded by a Highways Maintenance Private Finance Initiative.
The data also revealed the roads which have had the most money spent on fixing them.
St Helens County Council spent an astonishing £7m maintaining the A570/A580 in Windle Island last year, while Devon County council poured almost £3m into the A361 in Tiverton. Other big-spending councils were Edinburgh, Cambridgeshire and Cheshire East.
Five roads with highest maintenance spend
Road Town Council Amount spent Region A570/A580 Windle Island Windle Island, St Helens St Helens Borough Council £7,000,000 North West A361, Bolham roundabout to J27 of M5 Tiverton, Devon Devon County Council £2,929,000 South West A1101 Mildenhall Road Littleport, Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire County Council £1,930,610 East of England A7, High Street to Salisbury Road Edinburgh City of Edinburgh £1,455,000 Scotland A54 Macclesfield, Cheshire Cheshire East £1,025,000 North West
A spokesperson for Car Parts 4 Less, which has developed an interactive map of the worst roads, said: “It’s always valuable to us to look at the country’s worst and most expensive roads, so we’re able to pass this insight onto our customers.
Despite the North West coming in at the top for the last two years, it’s interesting to see London has taken the lead – and even more so knowing that the area in question isn’t funded by the government, but a privately funded maintenance company.
“Although this tool won’t fix the offending roads for drivers, it should help build drivers’ awareness of the worst roads and which ones to avoid to protect their car from damage.”