Continental Reveals Top Ten Bumpiest UK Roads
Continental has released the results of a survey of British drivers to find the bumpiest roads in the UK. Station Road in Scholes – a town east of Leeds – received the dubious honour of first place in the survey. Phrases like “giant crater”, “dangerous to cyclists and drivers” and “like the surface of the moon” (perhaps not that last one) abounded in the survey, reporting the state of Station Road. The crater in question rivals that featured in the Monorail episode of The Simpsons into which Marge drove, representing a depth greater than the height of the legal maximum height of a speed hump.
The criteria for inclusion in the list comprised the length of time road had been in poor condition, how many times it had been reported to local authorities, the potential damage it could cause to vehicles, potential danger to road users, and the size of potholes/damaged areas in relation to road. All of the roads were verified by the campaigning website fillthathole.org.uk. According to a recent Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, there are currently over one million potholes across the country, but worryingly there is a shortfall in the budgets needed to fix them of over £1 billion and an 11 year backlog of maintenance work. Since January 2008 alone, 4,217 new hazards have been reported to the aforementioned pothole campaigning site.