The average pothole costs around £60 to repair. It’s estimated that there are more than one millon potholes in the UK. So, to repair them all would cost around £60 million.
That’s not that much, given that it’s every pothole in the UK, and the Government’s £15.2 billion kitty for resurfacing motorways and A-roads is some 253 times larger than the estimated cost of a fixing all those potholes.
Perhaps the Government is doing something wrong, then. Potholes are fixed routinely by councils, and yet there’s still a ninth as many of them as there are bicycles in Beijing, depending on your music taste.
A spokesman for The Alliance of British Drivers told Autocar that estimating the number of potholes in the UK is an impossible task (good luck fixing them, then). He also said that roads aren’t built correctly, and therefore develop potholes.
He continued to point out that roads in other countries are often made with 6.0in of Tarmac as their top layer, where UK roads are often only finished with 2.0in of the black stuff.
So perhaps, instead of building our new roads with the same problematic amount of Tarmac as before, we should adopt a more European approach and build them deeper, and more durably. After all, we’re not the only country to get a little bad weather once in a while.
It will take time to resurface every road in the UK this way, but the money is there, the need is there, and the roads are there. All it needs now is some careful planning – because lord knows the Government is truly terrific at that – and patience from UK motorists as they find a detour while their local road is converted into a silky smooth, European-style, six-inch-deep tarmac road.
It seems though that the Government is in need of ideas. One man took to graffitiing certain shapes around his local potholes to urge the council to fix them. It worked, too. Send in your answers – serious or otherwise – and let’s get this problem sorted, Autocar style.