The motorways with the most roadworks have been revealed


THE UK motorways with the most delays due to roadworks have been revealed.

And drivers are urged to avoid the M1, with the motorway enduring the most repairs in the past five years.

 The M1 had more than 110,000 instances of roadworks in the past five years

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The M1 had more than 110,000 instances of roadworks in the past five yearsCredit: Alamy

New Freedom of Information data obtained by Select Car Leasing has revealed the M1 had more roadworks than any other major motorway in the UK since 2015.

The 193-route, which connects Leeds to London, racked up 112,098 instances of repairs in the past five years.

The M6 was another highly congested motorway due to roadworks, with 76,474 instances.

Despite only being 107 miles long, the M62 endured more than 37,000 roadworks from the start of 2015.

The motorways in England that have had the most roadworks

  1. M1 (193 miles) – 112,098 roadworks
  2. M6 (232 miles) – 76,474 roadworks
  3. M62 (107 miles) – 37,071 roadworks
  4. M5 (163 miles) – 58,239 roadworks
  5. M4 (189 miles) – 42,399 roadworks
  6. M40 (89 miles) – 6,333 roadworks
  7. M25 (117 miles) – 4,994 roadworks
 The M6 was another congested motorway, with more than 76,000 roadworks since 2015

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The M6 was another congested motorway, with more than 76,000 roadworks since 2015Credit: Alamy

Highways England defines roadworks as temporary lane closures, bridge repairs, carriageway sweeping, hard shoulder closures and pothole maintenance.

Surprisingly, the M25 London Orbital had the least number of roadworks, with just 4,994 in the last five years.

Mark Tongue, director of Select Car Leasing, said: “The stats are quite startling.

“Motorway driving can be a safe way to travel, with single carriageway roads being seven times more dangerous than motorways in terms of regularity of crashes.

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“But you need to keep your wits about you.

“Uneven surfaces can wreak all kinds of havoc on the suspension and handling of your car.

“And if you do get stuck in one of Highways England’s dreaded night closures, make sure you keep a cool head while navigating the diversion.”

Woking MP Jonathan Lord recently backed a petition calling on Highways England to resurface a section of the M25 described by one resident as “the worst bit of motorway I have ever driven on”.

A Highways England spokesman said: “We are aware of concerns which have recently been raised regarding the noise generated by driving over the concrete section of the M25 between junctions 10 and 11.

“Despite the noise on this section, the road is completely safe to drive on.

“However, a scheme is underway to renew the joints between the concrete slabs which will reduce the noise and improve the driving experience on the M25 between junctions 8 and 11.”

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