Britain’s worst pothole?

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This crater-sized pothole has been nominated as one of the worst in the country by an MCN reader.

The hole, on a busy dual carriageway, is roughly two feet wide, three feet long and six inches deep - easily enough to cause a motorcyclist to crash. 

New potholes are formed during cold weather by standing water expanding as it freezes, forcing minor cracks in the road to widen until repetitive freezing and thawing tears the surface apart.  

MCN’s search for the country’s worst pothole aims to put pressure on local authorities to maintain the roads through this winter’s freezing weather.

The pothole pictured was spotted on Ashton Road in Oldham, Lancashire.

Do you know of a bigger one? Help MCN’s search by emailing a picture to

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell