Potholes at record levels causing breakdowns costing drivers £1,000 on average

Monster potholes have reached record levels — leaving motorists deeply unhappy.

The number of crumbling ­crevices reported in England last year soared to 15,524, up by 46 per cent.

A further 16,645 were recorded in Scotland – a 52 per cent rise – and there were 3,729 in Wales, up seven per cent.

The Highways England figures for main roads were obtained under freedom of information laws.

But the true figure will be much higher as they do not include local roads maintained by councils.

The number of holes repaired by Highways England increased by 62 per cent last year after the Government set aside an extra £420million – on top of an existing £300million fund.

But much of it went on patching rather than long-term repairs, says the Asphalt Industry Alliance.

This means it is likely the holes will return – and cost more to fix.

An urgent repair is £65 per pothole in England and £70 in Wales, against £41 and £32 for a planned repair.

The Federation of Small Businesses said there were 700,000 road defects and potholes in the past year in England.

Nearly £2million was paid in compensation as a result of road faults.

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