1. ITV Report

Yorkshire "worst in Great Britain" for state of its roads

Potholed road in Leeds Photo:

Roads in our region are some of the worst in the country for potholes. 40 per cent of people rated the roads in Yorkshire as poor or terrible when asked by the AA.

That makes it, along with Scotland, the worst-rated area in the UK.

Drivers in Northern Ireland, Wales and London reported roads to be in best condition. But, even there, more than 50 per cent of respondents only rated them as fair.

The survey also found one third of respondents had suffered pothole damage to their vehicle over the last two years.

"This spring our patrols are telling us that potholes are popping up faster than daffodils. This reflects the effects of very wet and frosty weather on poor road surfaces. These AA findings are deeply worrying and show that UK drivers are once again experiencing a bad pothole season after a lull last spring - perhaps with worse to come. The slight let-up in potholes this time last year may have been just a blip in the annual pothole blight that seems to beset us each spring.

"Ring-fenced finance must be found to plug an increasing gap in highway budgets -otherwise drivers and local authorities will end up paying more to repair damage that could have been prevented. We urge drivers to report potholes to highways authorities to allow them to take action and prevent road users from being endangered and their vehicles suffering damage."

– Edmund King, AA president

The findings come just after Calendar reported how Morgan Goodhand broke her left leg on her 12th birthday after twisting her foot in a 3in deep hole in the road near her home in Hull.