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Better surfaces are more highly prized than quicker journeys

Better road surfaces are more important to drivers than quicker journeys or improved behaviour from other vehicles, research has revealed.

A survey of 5,000 car, van and motorcycle drivers by independent watchdog Transport Foucs found that improving surfaces was by far their main priority.

The activity was given a ranking of 476 on a priority index by car and van drivers, with safer design and upkeep of roads in second place with 208.

Motorcyclists scored better road surfaces at 647, with better behaved drivers second with 172.

Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith said: “Road surface quality is important to drivers and bikers – this is a desire for less noisy, and more comfortable and safe journeys whatever the weather, as well as less potholes.

“This insight should help Highways England and the government to focus investment and effort on things that make a real difference to road users.”

Chancellor George Osborne said in this week’s emergency Budget that from April 2020, all money raised from vehicle excise duty would be invested in the strategic road network.

The long awaited move was welcomed by leading commentators – but they called for extra measures as well.

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