The annual study from the Asphalt Industry Alliance has shown that 17% of the roads in England are now classed as poor.  The study also showed that the number of potholes repaired dropped by over a fifth last year and almost by half in London. 

These alarming figures highlight the increasing risk of personal injury to the public, particularly pedestrians and cyclists.  Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 requires local authorities to maintain the highway.  Any failure by the local authority to do so which subsequently results in injury may give rise to a successful personal injury claim.