CONCERNING new Freedom of Information data has shown that 8,864 potholes were reported over the last year in Bradford.

Leeds (6,840) and Sheffield (2,716) had significantly less pothole reports than Bradford in 2018/19.

Overall, Yorkshire and the Humber had the second largest number of reported potholes in the country.

The FOI figures gathered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed that the 92,010 pothole complaints in Yorkshire was second only to the North East, where local authorities received 103,585 complaints.

Yorkshire spent £151m on road repairs in 2018/19, up from £146m in 2017/18.

More than £134,000 was paid out in compensation in Yorkshire to claimants that had their vehicles damaged last year by the roads.

The figures revealed that just 24 per cent of claims for vehicle damage were successful across Yorkshire, with only 406 successful claims out of 1,703 in total.

Richard Askew, FSB’s Regional Policy Representative, said: “These figures show that the North is suffering from a historic lack of funding in our infrastructure. We need more funding for local authorities and improved coordination between authorities and utility companies to ease the burden of this issue.”