Friday, 22 August 2008

M25 Voted Britain's Worst Road

The M25, infamous for its crashes and long tailbacks, has been voted Britain's worst road in a survey by Sky News Online.

Respondents claim the notorious 119 mile motorway around London is a "racetrack for idiots" and heavily congested.

Three more of Britain’s busiest routes were high up the list: The M1 motorway from London to Leeds, the A9 from Perth to Inverness and the A1 from London to Edinburgh.

The A537 to Buxton, known as the Cat and Fiddle, received a disproportionate number of complaints. Narrow and windy, the road has been highlighted as a danger hotspot and a "magnet for fast cars and motorbikes".

The survey of 2000 people asked which is the most dangerous road in the UK and why - three major themes echoed throughout the responses.

These related to: the speed and carelessness of other drivers; the volumes of traffic; and the merging of motorways.

One respondent said: "M25, so congested, makes normal drivers of any age see red!"

Vicki Burn from the RAC told Sky News Online it is hard to solve the dire traffic problems on the M25.

"The trouble is the more you create capacity the more cars will use it. It's a vicious circle."

She said small problems can escalate at peak times. "The slightest mishap causes great tailbacks and it can be a real nightmare if you are stuck between junctions.

But the people who look after the London Orbital insist they're doing all they can to improve drivers' journeys.


Britain's Worst Roads

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