CORNWALL has the highest number of potholes in the country according to a Freedom of Information request.

New research by MoneySuperMarket reveals that Cornwall has the highest number of potholes in the UK, with over 210,000 reported since January 2017, while Wiltshire spends the most repairing potholes – an eye-catching £69 million.

The analysis, based on data sent in response to a Freedom of Information request, reveals that Cornwall reported over 25,000 more potholes than Cambridgeshire (184k), which came in second place. Derbyshire (172k), Devon (148k) and Oxfordshire (110k) rank third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Wiltshire tops the charts when it comes to expenditure, with the West Country county having spent the most since 2017 - £69 million. This is nearly £18 million more than Warwickshire which spent £51 million. Cheshire West and Chester (£39 million), Kent (£34 million) and Cheshire East (£24 million) were the next highest spenders.

At the other end of the findings, Kensington and Chelsea recorded the fewest potholes (141) followed by the Isle of Anglesea (290) and Sunderland City Council (320). Stockport reported the lowest pothole spend in the country of £24k, followed by Kensington and Chelsea (£34k) and Rutland (£44k).

Deepa Patel, car insurance spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket, said: “As most drivers will know, potholes are a real nuisance. It’s not only that they can be dangerous from a safe driving perspective, but they can also cause damage to your car. Burst tyres, problems with suspension and even damage to your vehicle’s body work – potholes can really make their presence felt.

“The cost of repairs for this kind of damage can be high, so it’s important you have the correct level of insurance cover – particularly if you live in an area where potholes are common."