The stats, published by the agency following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, show 528 claims were upheld between April 2017 and April 2018, compared to 212 in 2016/17.
Over the same period, the average amount paid out for successful claims also rose slightly, from £283 to £311. Highways England says the total it paid out rose from £60,012 to £164,341.
The increase comes after an unusually harsh winter and multiple ‘Beast from the East’ snow storms, which likely resulted in more wear and tear on many roads.
The FOI data from Highways England also shows that the total number of potholes it filled in rose from 10,878 in 2016/17 to 16,642 in 2017/18, though overall spending on road maintenance dropped from £214 million to £209 million over the same period.
It’s worth noting that Highways England is only responsible for dealing with potholes on motorways and major A roads in England – councils and other bodies are responsible for maintaining other roads. But the amount paid out is likely to cover only a small proportion of damage caused. In May, the AA estimated potholes were costing drivers and their insurers at least £1 million a month in car repairs across the UK.