HEREFORDSHIRE has one of the worst roads in the country, according to a new survey.

The car insurance team at Comparethemarket analysed government data to reveal the state of road conditions in local authorities across England, uncovering the locations the most and least in need for impovements. 

In Herefordshire, the data showed that 34.5 per cent of roads need improvement in 2023, ranking the county 14th among the areas with the roads that are in the worst condition.


Overall, Bristol topped the list with over three-quarters of roads requiring repairs. Local authorities in the north west were also responsible for three of England’s top five road networks most in need of maintenance, with only 0.4 per cent of the country's road's planned to receive treatment for their poor condition.

At the other end of the spectrum, motorists in Redcar and Cleveland enjoy the best road conditions in the country, with just 9.5 per cent of the road network needing repair.

The newly announced boost in the Government’s Potholes Fund is a positive step for England’s roads, however Comparethemarket says drivers around the country still face problems while waiting for road repairs.


"It is possible to claim for damage caused by potholes and poor road surfaces through your car insurance, but just be aware that it might affect your no-claims bonus, and could lead to a more expensive premium the following year," said Julie Daniels, from Comparethemarket's car insurance team.

"You’ll also have to pay an excess – which is the amount of money you’ll have to contribute towards a claim. This amount differs depending on your Insurance premium, so It's best to check before making a claim. 

"If you’re attempting to claim from the council, you'll need to take plenty of pictures of both the road and the damage to your car and note exactly where on the road the pothole is in relation to landmarks and get a few quotes from mechanics for how much it will cost to fix.”