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AA warns on rising peril of potholes…to pedestrians: Numbers affecting Britain's pavements is growingAverage pavement has nearly two potholes per mile but some have fourMotorists and cyclists however face an average of 6.25 potholes per mileGovernment has announced an extra 215m for councils to tackle problem
00:03 GMT, 19 December 2012
Potholes are not just a growing menace for motorists – they are an increasing threat to pedestrians too, a survey reveals today.
Some pavements already have up to four potholes in every mile, while roads have more than twice that number, the AA reports.
And that is before winter wreaks havoc on the highways.
The AA says more must be done to maintain roads and pavements, with the system on a ‘knife edge’.
Danger: The AA has warned the system is on a 'knife edge' as it found the average pavement had nearly two potholes for every mile
‘Falls on pavements can cause major injuries, especially to older people who are more likely to be hurt,’ it said.
The AA found that the average pavement has nearly two potholes for every mile.
The worst are in Yorkshire- Humberside, with 3.9 holes per mile.
Next come Scotland (2.81), London (2.4), the West Midlands (2.1), the East Midlands (1.5), the North West (1.5), the South East (1.4) and East Anglia (1.3).
The South West has the best pavements, with only one pothole per mile. In addition, the number of uneven pavements, which put pedestrians at risk of tripping, has increased by a third in a year.
Motorists and cyclists face an average of 6.25 potholes per mile. Scotland has the worst roads (8.9) followed by Yorkshire-Humberside (8.5), the West Midlands (7.3), East Midlands (6.4), North West (6.1), South East (5.8), East Anglia (5.6) and South West (5.2).
Work needed: The survey comes as ministers announced an extra 215m for councils to carry out repairs
London has the fewest potholes on the roads, with an average of 4.9 per mile.
The survey, which defines a pothole as being at least 2in deep with a diameter of at least 6in, involved AA volunteers – streetwatchers – making a 60-minute, two-mile walk around their neighbourhoods in October. They found:
Two in three road repair inspection covers and nearly half of road repairs were hazardous to cyclists.
London had the most uneven footpaths, twice the national average.
An average of one road sign and 3.6 white line road markings were in need of repair or replacement.
The AA said the average number of ‘poor quality road repairs’ spotted by each volunteer had risen to 7.8, compared with 6.2 last year, suggesting a ‘patch and mend’ attitude to repairs.
The survey comes as ministers have announced an extra 215million for councils to carry out repairs, from money put aside for roads in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.
Last month the Local Government Association warned that motorists face a pothole ‘catastrophe’ as budget cuts and the threat of another severe winter leave many councils struggling to move ‘beyond simply patching up a deteriorating network’.
Council chiefs have warned that they already have a 10billion backlog of repairs.