Bumpy road that drives motorists most potty

Pictured at the launch of Sheffield's entry into the Entente Florale 2005 , at the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield from left Maurice Baren,chairman Yorkshire in Bloom and entente Florale jury member;  Terry Whitmill, Entente Florale jury member; and john Charlton, Head of Street force  See story     Picture Chris Lawton  '11th April  2005

Pictured at the launch of Sheffield's entry into the Entente Florale 2005 , at the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield from left Maurice Baren,chairman Yorkshire in Bloom and entente Florale jury member; Terry Whitmill, Entente Florale jury member; and john Charlton, Head of Street force See story Picture Chris Lawton '11th April 2005

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IN a place renowned as ‘pothole city’, the road through the Loxley Valley has been identified as the pits.

Over the four years up to April 2011, residents and motorists contacted the council to report 87 potholes on Loxley Road, giving it pole position in Sheffield’s league of crumbling highways.

In terms of areas of the city, northern parts, including Stocksbridge, prompted the most complaints, followed by the Dore and Totley council ward.

The authority is looking to a massive Government-backed highways repair programme due to start this summer to transform the picture.

It puts the latest figures partly down to harsh winters.

“We investigate all complaints regarding potholes and deal with them as quickly as possible to repair the holes,” said John Charlton, director of Street Force.

“There is a £1.21bn highways private finance initiative scheme due to begin later this year, which will tackle all the city’s highways and bring them up to a good standard. Ongoing maintenance over the next 25 years is included in the contract.”

More than £1.2m was paid in compensation and legal fees for accidents and damage caused by the poor state of roads and pavements in Sheffield over the four years, despite an annual maintenance programme.

In total, more than 17,000 potholes were logged. On average, nine are reported to Street Force every day.

While Loxley Road is the worst, it was followed by Abbey Lane, Wordsworth Avenue, Gleadless Road, Halifax Road, Bannerdale Road, Fulwood Road, Abbeydale Road South, Westwick Crescent in Greenhill and Brincliffe Edge Road.

Sheffield has endured a reputation for being the worst city in the country for potholes following a national poll in 2007.