The findings are contained in the annual compilation of road statistics by the Road Users’ Alliance (RUA).
Director Tim Green pointed out that, like its European neighbours, the UK’s economy depends on its road network.
“Motorways carry 92% of our passenger traffic and 88% of our freight and despite vastly superior rail infrastructure similar figures still prevail in Europe, where only 7% of passengers travel by rail,” he said.
“Yet with relatively low car ownership and the worst congestion in Europe, we continue to pursue the notion that congestion charging and public transport can resolve our transport problems.”
Britain’s motorway network