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UK's worst potholed road named

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Motorists wanting to avoid vehicle damage and unnecessary car insurance claims should steer clear of a stretch of the B6343 near Holme which has been named Britain's most pothole-ridden road in a survey.

The section near Morpeth and Fieldhead Lane was voted as the worst road by visitors to the campaign website which received nominations for more than 80 stretches of Britain's road network.

Warranty Direct said the survey had strengthened its argument for more focus on improvement of the local roads as they accounted for nearly nine in 10 entries. There were much fewer complaints about motorways or A and B-roads.

The potholed roads may be costing drivers as much as £1 billion a year, with the average repair costs for vehicle damage at £335, the report said.

A user who nominated Northumberland's B6343 for the dubious title highlighted "a huge array of potholes east of Mitford", while another one described Fieldhead Lane in West Yorkshire as "more like an off-road assault course"

Cracked roads continue to be one of the biggest concerns for motorists. While campaigners have welcomed the £100m injection into an emergency pothole road maintenance fund they are seeking a long-term strategy to tackle the problem.

© Press Association 2011