Truckers love motorways.
The lorry drivers who spend their working lives trundling up and down the M-ways actually confess to liking them and have rated their favourites for a Roadchef poll.
The people who spend most time trucking on Britain’s main roads have spoken and claim that the M6 toll – a free flowing route around Birmingham – is the very best motorway in the UK.
Often referred to on the road as the Midland Expressway, and with 26 miles of six lane motorway, the M6 toll was chosen by 32 percent of the HGV drivers polled as Britain’s most enjoyable motorway route.
Following close behind was the M25 (31 percent), also known as London’s Orbital Motorway and encircling most of Greater London, the M40 (30 percent), which links London, Oxford and Birmingham, and the M4 (28 percent), originally the London-South Wales Motorway and connecting southwest Wales to West London.
Some 40 percent are cheered up whenever they see the blue colour of a motorway sign, while 38 percent admit they always feel relaxed when driving on an M road and four in ten agree that motorways have been a boon for Britain ever since they were first built at the end of the 1950s.
In a poll for Holts Prestone, Westmorland Hotel at Tebay services on the M6 took the top spot as the best motorway hotel in the UK, with a score of 4.6.
Moto is the services operator with seemingly the best motorway hotels, appearing 6 times in the top 10 but the other end of the scale, Rivington Lodge at Rivington services on the M61 was crowned the worst motorway hotel, scoring just 2.8 and Roadchef figured in five of the top ten worst providers.