A NEW study has revealed the London boroughs which are classed as hotspots for potholes. 

Go Compare Car sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to over 20 London borough councils and has since revealed the biggest offenders for potholes between 2018 to 2020.

Ealing is listed as London's pothole hotspot for the sheer number of holes in its roads. Sutton placed second with a whopping 7,675 potholes reported over the three year span.

Hammersmith and Fulham reported the least out of London's boroughs with just 141 potholes in the past three years.

Royal Greenwich also reported lower numbers at 199.

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According to the data, London's councils spent a combined total of £17.9 million on fixing potholes in 2020.

Ranked on spending, the biggest repairs were reported for Havering (£3.0m), Richmond & Wandsworth (£2.96m), and Enfield (£2.45m).

The data also revealed that Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Waltham and Sutton were named as the fastest to fix potholes - an average of just one day - between when it was reported and repaired.

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Haringey took an average of 51.7 days between 2018 and 2020 to repair potholes once they had been reported. However, the council has only taken 19 days to repair their potholes over the past year, making it London's most improved council.

Bexley, City of London, Newham, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Merton and Hackney followed in joint second with an average of 28 days on average to fix their pockmarked roads.

Ryan Fullthorpe, motor expert at GoCompare commented: “This piece of research really highlighted the issue that is potholes - something that may seem small at first, but it actually affects a huge amount of people across the UK on a daily basis.

"The study shows that pothole damage is a common occurrence across the UK and whilst this is annoying for anyone who’s car has been affected by these – there are ways to claim for any repairs that may be needed."

UK drivers can choose to claim for pothole damage on their car insurance but can also claim from the council, or authority, responsible for maintaining the road where the pothole damage occurred.