Lorry drivers rank improvements to the quality of road surfaces as the most important priority for the management of the major road network, research has shown.
A report published by watchdog Transport Focus gave surface improvements an importance index rating of 347, way ahead of the second highest priority, better management of unplanned delays, which scored 220.
The ratings were calculated following a poll of 250 heavy goods vehicle drivers about their experiences on the strategic road network.
Better management of roadworks came third with a rating of 184.
The research followed similar surveys of car, van and motorcycle drivers.
Transport Focus road user director Guy Dangerfield said: “We’ve asked four different types of road users what they want improved most, and they have all given the same answer – quality of road surfaces.
“The message is clear. We will now plan further research to establish which aspects of surface quality road users most want to see improved. Is it general smoothness? Is it the potholes? Or is it noisy surfaces?”
Chancellor George Osborne set aside £5bn for roads maintenance in last month’s spending review, including a permanent pothole fund.