Roads of Britain 'worst in Europe'

A recent survey has revealed that, owing to less investment in roads, Britain has one of the worst motorway networks in Europe.

According to the annual Road File report, which compiles road statistics published by the Road Users' Alliance (RUA), other trunk roads of the UK are also inadequate.

The survey revealed that while roads account for 12 times more travel miles than railways in the UK, they receive 15 times less investment on a mile-for-mile basis.

Based on figures available in April 2010, the report noted that Britain has just 3,670km of motorway, compared to Italy with 13,014km, Germany with 12,594km and France with 10,958km.

And despite a rise of 21% in licensed vehicles in the country between 1999 and 2009, the road network only increased by only 1% during the period.

Tim Green, the RUA's director, said: "Our file makes grim reading with its catalogue of evidence of a failing road transport system."

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "We are providing £3 billion to councils for road maintenance over the next four years, an additional £6 million for longer term strategies and providing an extra £200 million to repair potholes."

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