Compensation for autos broken by potholes on England’s motorways and main A-roads has reached a five-year excessive.

The variety of claims in 2017-2018 have been greater than double that of the earlier 12 months, with 1,089 made in comparison with 542.

Greater than £209.Three million was spent on upkeep in 2017-18, the bottom quantity for at the least 5 years and down 25% on 2015-16 spending.

Highways England, which is owned by the federal government, launched the figures in a freedom of knowledge request.

The common payout for compensations claims associated to autos broken by roads or potholes was £311 in 2017-2018.

Widespread issues included harm to shock absorbers, damaged suspension springs and distorted wheels.

A Highways England spokeswoman mentioned “security is our prime precedence”.

“We set stringent requirements for pothole repairs on our roads, and likewise repeatedly examine our roads to assist scale back the potential for potholes to kind,” she added.

The spokeswoman mentioned greater than 3,000 miles of street has been resurfaced since April 2015.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Basis, mentioned: “These numbers present that potholes and the harm they trigger will not be confined to native roads however afflict our most essential and, general, greatest funded routes too.”

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