The best and worst motorways in Britain are named by drivers

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The best and worst motorways in the UK have been named by motorists – and it’s the A66 that has been rated the best.

The 115-mile road in the north of England that links Penrith in Cumbria with Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire was praised in a poll for having good service stations and minimal debris.

The worst in the country was named as London‘s M25, which was slammed for having dangerous junctions and too few speed cameras.

The best and worst motorways in the UK have been named by motorists - and it's the A66 (pictured) that has been rated the best


The best and worst motorways in the UK have been named by motorists - and it's the A66 (pictured) that has been rated the best

The best and worst motorways in the UK have been named by motorists – and it’s the A66 (pictured) that has been rated the best

THE UK’S BEST AND WORST MOTORWAYS 

 The best motorways

1. A66 (M)

2. M40

3. A1 (M)

4. M8

5. M4 


 The worst motorways

 1. M25

2. M6

3. M62

4. M60

5. M56

Source: InsuretheGap.com 

The survey of 2,000 drivers was carried out by car insurers InsuretheGap.com, which asked motorists which roads they enjoyed driving on the most, and the least.

The A66 – which for portions is ‘motorway standard’, denoted by A66 (M) – was praised by drivers for having a good selection of shops and restaurants at service stations.

Other positives cited included a lack of debris, plentiful petrol stations, light traffic and good lighting.

Coming second in the survey was the M40, the 89-mile stretch of road that links London with Birmingham.

Like the A66, the M40 was praised for having plenty of petrol stations and for its selection of service station shops and restaurants.

And drivers also noted that traffic is usually light, there is rarely debris on the road and that there are not too many roadworks.

The M40 at junction 1 in Denham in Middlesex. The road came second in a ranking of the best motorways in the UK 

The M40 at junction 1 in Denham in Middlesex. The road came second in a ranking of the best motorways in the UK 

The M40 at junction 1 in Denham in Middlesex. The road came second in a ranking of the best motorways in the UK 

The A1(M), which came third on the list. Pictured is the stretch in Gateshead next to the Angel of the North 

The A1(M), which came third on the list. Pictured is the stretch in Gateshead next to the Angel of the North 

The A1(M), which came third on the list. Pictured is the stretch in Gateshead next to the Angel of the North 

REASONS DRIVERS LIKED AND DISLIKED THE MOTORWAYS

 Top five reasons for liking the A66

1. The service stations have a good selection of shops and restaurants

2. Rarely any debris

3. Plenty of petrol/service stations

4. Traffic is light

5. It’s well lit

Top five reasons for liking the M40

1. Plenty of petrol/service stations

2. The service stations have a good selection of shops and restaurants

3. Traffic is light

4. Not too many roadworks

5. Rarely any debris

Top five reasons for avoiding the M25

1. Not enough speed cameras

2. Too much road debris

3. Confusing signage

4. Poor lighting

5. Junctions are dangerous

Top five reasons for avoiding the M6

1. Not enough speed cameras

2. Too much road debris

3. Feeling unsafe while driving on the road

4. Too few service stations

5. Confusing signage

Taking third spot was the A1(M), which runs from London to Edinburgh, and rounding off the top five was the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow (fourth) and the M4 between London and Wales (fifth).

In the motorway hall of shame rankings, the responses for the worst-rated M25, the 117-mile ring road around London, were mainly negative, the study found.

Other gripes included the road having too much debris, ‘confusing signage’ and poor lighting.

The second most disliked motorway was the M6, which is the longest and busiest in the UK and links the Midlands with Cumbria.

Again the top reason given by respondents for not liking the road is that there are not enough speed cameras.

The worst motorway in Britain was named as the M25, pictured, which was slammed for having dangerous junctions

The worst motorway in Britain was named as the M25, pictured, which was slammed for having dangerous junctions

The worst motorway in Britain was named as the M25, pictured, which was slammed for having dangerous junctions

Other reasons included too much road debris, feeling unsafe, not enough service stations and ‘confusing signage’.

In third place in the least-liked motorways list is the M62, which links Hull with Liverpool via Leeds and Manchester, in fourth is the M60 Manchester ring road and the M56, also known as the North Cheshire motorway, came fifth.

Nearly a fifth (17 per cent) of drivers surveyed said they never use the motorway.

Of those respondents, safety issues were the main issue preventing them from doing so, with 34 per cent saying they avoided the motorway because they didn’t feel safe driving on it.

Those most likely to cite safety concerns are 26 to 35-year-olds at 41 per cent, followed closely by over 60s (36 per cent) and then 17 to 25-year-olds (32 per cent).


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