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Drivers get the hump

A speed hump in Staffordshire has been named the worst in Britain.

The offending hump, in Great Wyrley lies in a notorious flood spot and is often submerged in water and hidden from view.

The hump is one of 10 ‘sleeping policemen’ highlighted as the worst in the UK in a Continental Tyres poll.

Others to make the list include the first hump in Hurdis Road, Solihull, where the road on one side of it is lower than the other, causing vehicles to hit the ground hard; one extra high hump on Mere Street, Leicester and one on Victoria Road, Cirencester that causes more discomfort when driven over at less than 20mph, when it violently rocks vehicles and causes drivers to hit their heads.

Speed humps were introduced in 1991 as a measure for controlling vehicle speeds. While there is no record of how many speed humps there are in the UK today, it is estimated that London alone has between 20,000 and 30,000 of them around the city.

The top 10 in full includes:

1. Tower View Road, Great Wyrely
2. Hurdis Road, Solihull
3. Victoria Road, Cirencester
4. East Churchfield Avenue, Acton
5. Waggon Road, Breightmet, Bolton
6. Mere Road, Highfields, Leicester
7. Manstone Lane, Sidmouth, Devon
8. Castle Street, Loughor, Swansea
9. Old Hill, Chislehurst
10. Downton Road, Knowle West, Bristol

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