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What next for our motorways?

15 May 2017 Blog

Motorpoint blogger Ken Gibson wonders what next for our roads after plans were announced that could allow companies to stretch sections of motorway

“What everyone seems to be missing is that we as motorists are already paying the highest taxes in Europe running into billions every year. Where exactly is all that money going? It’s definitely not going into the roads by the looks of it based on the”

Sponsoring stretches of motorways to improve our national road network has sparked a lot of media attention of late.

The idea is that the big corporates could sponsor a section of motorway and then donate that money to do various things from picking up litter to improving the roads. As if that wasn’t enough, they are even talking about a Road Lottery to raise funds as well as the ever present prospect of charging to drive on our motorways.

Interesting ideas for sure but as a far as I’m concerned sheer madness! Firstly big signs showing who is sponsoring a motorway would be a distraction to drivers. Secondly, what happens if there is a multiple pile-up on a stretch of motorway sponsored by a big firm? Would they really want to be associated with the motorway - I doubt it. Anyway, aren’t the Highways Agency and Highways Maintenance meant to be doing that job already?

What everyone seems to be missing is that we as motorists are already paying the highest taxes in Europe running into billions every year. Where exactly is all that money going? It’s definitely not going into the roads by the looks of it based on the money raising ideas.

What motorists want is better roads as well as new roads to cope with the traffic and end the daily chaos we all face. I drove over 500 miles last week across the country and they were covered in a sea of cones and endless delays.

In my part of the world the M5 between Worcester and Bromsgrove has been crippled for nearly two years with road improvements that are taking forever. Why can’t we get our roads improved faster – that’s what we, as motorists, want. The only people benefiting are the Government because all the motorway stretches with roadworks have speed cameras milking even more money out of motorists.

If they would really like to come up with a novel idea, how about stopping fuel companies jacking up the fuel prices on the motorway to ridiculous levels. It’s a disgrace that the Government should clampdown on. Now that really would help motorists.

My final point is take a close look at all the electioneering over the next few weeks and see how many politicians talk about improving our roads, I’ll bet you very few. Because despite the fact that they use motorists as a cash cow, they actually don’t give a damn about the appalling state of our roads. 

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About the author

Ken Gibson was Motoring Editor for The Sun for 23 years during which time he became one of the best known motoring newspaper journalists in the world. Over that period Ken tested thousands of cars from super minis to SUVs and super cars, and drove millions of miles all over the world.

As well as writing a blog covering the motoring issues of the day, he also independently road tests and creates video reviews on a cross section of cars sold by Motorpoint.