Greenwich Council has shelled out nearly £19K to disgruntled cyclists and drivers because of dodgy roads.

In figures obtained through a freedom of information request, it has been revealed that £18,819 has been paid out in compensations and legal fees over potholes.

Going back to 2013, the council said it has paid out the money to drivers and cyclists who have won compensation because of the roads.

From 2013 to 2016, the costs rose – before dropping significantly in 2016/17.

The highest amount paid out in the last five years, including fees, was £9.6K in 2015/16 – and so far this year there have been no payouts.

Greenwich has spent considerably less than neighbouring Bromley and Bexley, with those authorities having to cough up £30K and £2,930K respectively.

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In the same request, it was revealed that the council has spent £11m on road and pothole improvements since 2013.

In the same period, the Council made £11m in parking revenue – although the council said cash spent on road improvements comes from other budgets, not parking revenue.

This comes as the AA recommended that learner drivers be tested on spotting potholes, following a survey that showed a majority of instructors had broken down during a lesson because of damage to cars.