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Top 10 worst roads in England

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England’s worst roads have been revealed, following a Freedom of Information request by online car and van parts store, Car Parts 4 Less.

Using council data, the North West is home to the worst road in England with Oldham Road in Manchester racking up a grand total of 741 complaints from motorists in 2016/17.

Potholes cost UK drivers almost £684 million in car repairs annually, with one pothole compensation claim made every 17 minutes.

Top 10 roads with the highest number of complains in the past 12 months are:


No of complaints



Oldham Road


Manchester City Council

North West

Oxford Street


City of Westminster

Greater London



Wiltshire Council

South West

Watling Street


Northamptonshire County Council

East Midlands

Nottingham Road


Derby City Council

East Midlands

Uxbridge Road


London Borough of Ealing

Greater London

Chester Road


Cheshire East

North West

Lordship Lane


London Borough of Southwark

Greater London

Beggar Bush Lane


North Somerset Council

South West

Glascote Road


Staffordshire County Council

West Midlands

Four out of five councils that spent the most on a single road’s maintenance in 2016/17 are based in the South – that’s two more than during the 2015/16 period. Berkshire has been in the top five spends both years running.

“It interesting to see this year’s worst and most expensive roads in direct comparison to last year,” said a spokesperson from Car Parts 4 Less.

“Once again the North West has the number one most complained about road, and year after year the South are spending the most on road maintenance.”

Councils that spent the most on a single road’s maintenance in the last 12 months were:



Amount spent on maintenance


Dorset County Council

Bournemouth Spur Road (A338)


South West

Kent County Council

Thanet Way (A299)


South East

Herefordshire Council

Ledbury Road (A438)


West Midlands

West Berkshire Council

A339, Newbury


South East

Bracknell Forest Council

Bagshot Road (A322)


South East

Car Parts 4 Less created an online tool highlighting the worst roads from the past 12 months in order to help drivers avoid the worst routes.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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