Councils including Kirklees and Calderdale would have to fork out an average of £96m to clear backlogs of potholes in their areas, it was revealed today.

And according to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey it would take Yorkshire local authorities a staggering 13 years to clear their roads of such defects.

Yorkshire councils repaired an average of 13,565 potholes last year.

The report, by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), found that it would cost £12bn to bring roads in England and Wales back into a ‘reasonable’ condition.

The total is an increase on the £10.5bn figure reported last year and remains high despite more than two million potholes being filled in England and Wales over the last 12 months.

A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said: “Kirklees Council seeks to maintain its road network in a usable condition in order to enable the travelling public to reach their destinations safety.

“Because of the elevation of the routes within the borough, winter damage may be more severe than in other more low lying areas.

“Repairs to road damage are generally done giving priority to those roads with the most damage and within current financial constraints.

“We will continue to inspect the network to the frequencies recommended in The National Code of Practice for Well-Maintained Highways and repair any actionable defects identified within timescales.”

Take a look at some of the monster potholes which have been spotted in Huddersfield in the last few years, by clicking on the gallery below.


The figures showed that local authorities in England said the cost of restoring roads to a reasonable condition had risen 30% since last year to an average of £90m per authority.

This was despite a 20% decrease in the shortfall in annual road maintenance budgets reported by local authorities, with the shortfall reducing from an average of £6.2m to £5.1m per authority in England.

The AIA also reported that the number of compensation claims for personal injury or damage to vehicles has increased by 20% over the last year to an average of 540 for each local authority in England (excluding London where the figures remain the same as the previous year) and 141 for councils in Wales.

The total cost of compensation claims due to poor road condition, including the cost of staff time spent processing them, amounted to £31.6m across England and Wales over the last year.

Payouts on claims accounted for only £16.6m of this, with the remaining £15m (up from £13m) being staff costs incurred by local authorities processing claims.

The AIA said that much of the pothole work done over the last 12 months had been counteracted by the ultra-high winter 2014 rainfall level.

AIA chairman Alan Mackenzie said: “These figures are disappointing for everyone who has worked hard together on the highway maintenance efficiency programme initiated by the Department for Transport.”

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