More and more motorists and cyclists are being compensated for injuries and damage caused by potholes on London roads.
A total of 281 claims were accepted by Transport for London in 2018. Almost £350,000 was paid to cyclists alone last year, taking the total payout over the past five years paid to £1.7 million.
The increase in claims come after decisions taken by TfL to cut down on road repairs to non-safety-critical on it’s “red route” network for two years to ease a cash crisis.
The number of successful claims in 2018 was more than four times the 68 on which TfL paid out in 2017, according to figures obtained by the London Assembly.
A total of 571 claims were made in 2018, up from 342 in 2017, just under half of which were successful. There were 29 collisions between January and July last year in which poor road surface was a factor, about double the rate of previous years.
These included nine incidents in which a cyclist, pedestrian or motorcyclist was seriously injured.
Key routes where “major refurbishment” has been delayed include the Blackwall tunnel, Brent Cross and Lambeth bridge. TfL insists it has a “robust” understanding of the state of its roads and bridges and continues to carry out “safety critical work” on a daily basis.
TfL’s finances have been badly hit by the loss of a £700 million government annual subsidy and the two-year delay in opening Crossrail. As a result, it is not due to break even until 2022-23.