OLDHAM is the third worst-affected by potholes out of all the Greater Manchester boroughs according to latest data.

Research by fixmystreet.com has revealed that Oldham had 751 open reported cases of potholes in 2020, a number that has increased over the last year.

For the third year in a row potholes in Greater Manchester have risen, hitting more than 7,000 in 2020. The city centre is the worst-affected area with 2,356 cases, followed by Bury with 834, and Oldham with 751.

The rise in potholes is triggering safety concerns amid the growing cycling community and other road users, according to research carried out by personal injury specialists at JMW Solicitors.

JMW’s Head of Cycling Injury, Nadia Kerr said: “While there has been an increased presence of roadworks repairing potholes whilst roads have been quieter as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, not enough is being done to prevent the number of potholes increasing. Councils should be conducting regular checks to identify any potential hazards and ensure defects are repaired properly within a reasonable amount of time.

“If the council fails in their duty to maintain and repair roads and pavements, and someone suffers an injury due to a pothole or other road defect, they are entitled to make a claim for the pain and suffering it causes.”

John Whittle, a cyclist from Manchester, was awarded a four-figure payment by Cheshire East Council after his bike hit a large pothole 9cm deep along Mottram Road in Alderley Edge.

Mr Whittle said: “I’ve been a cyclist for many years, so I’m used to looking out for potholes given the atrocious state of the roads - this one was filled with water, so I didn’t see it and before I knew it, I was on the ground, having injured my back, side and shoulder. The injuries caused me issues at work for several weeks and were obviously very painful, but it could have been much worse. It’s disappointing that the council took so long to investigate the pothole, putting more people in danger.”

Ms Kerr waged a nine-month campaign against Manchester City Council about a single pothole located on Upper Chorlton Road in Manchester to help protect fellow commuters from the road defect.

Following five complaints, a barrage of social media posts, and a request made under Section 56 of the Highways Act, the pothole was finally filled in.

JMW Solicitors are reminding residents that it is the local council’s responsibility, and a legal obligation as stated in Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980, to maintain the roads in their area so that cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users can travel safely.