There has been a “shocking” rise in the number of potholes on British roads with half a million reported to local authorities over 2017, research by the RAC has revealed, an increase of 44 per cent in two years.

A freedom of information request put in by the motoring organisation to the 212 councils in England, Scotland and Wales found 512,270 potholes were reported last year to 161 authorities.

This compared with 356,432 reported to 152 councils in 2015.

East Sussex was the worst affected area according to the RAC data. Between 2015 and 2017 the number of potholes reported to the council rose by 173 per cent. Staffordshire was the second worst affected county with an increase from 2015 of 159 per cent.

North Yorkshire, Essex and the Isle of Wight were among the areas which saw fewer potholes reported.

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