Potholes and the state of local roads is the biggest election issue facing motorists, according to an Ipsos MORI survey carried out for the RAC Foundation.
The survey was taken shortly before the general election was called, and it highlights public concern with the state of Britain’s roads.
Just over three quarters of British adults say potholes and damaged roads are a big problem in their local area and a little over half (52 per cent) are not satisfied with road maintenance, the highest level of dissatisfaction for a decade.
Commenting on the results, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “This starkly underlines the huge inconvenience potholes are causing the majority of the Great British public and leaves would-be politicians in no doubt of where voters – no matter what their political persuasion - think the next Government’s transport priorities should lie.”
He added “In 2006 1.7 million people signed a petition calling on Tony Blair not to introduce road pricing, and eventually the Government dumped the idea.
“Too often, this country’s 34 million car drivers are taken for granted by the politicians and most of the time they are the silent majority, but when they do speak they change public policy.
“Those who want to be our elected representatives ignore motorists’ views at their peril.”