A report looking into the state of global roads has found that British roads are ranked 27th, behind countries such as Chile and Cyprus, and just one place above Israel.

The study, published by the independent World Economic Forum, ranked the United Arab Emirates first, Singapore second and Switzerland in third for the best quality of roads. The UK retained its position from the previous year.

Other notable rankings included France’s roads being seventh, the US’s in tenth and Germany’s highways in 15th position.

The report by the forum is based on an annual survey from business leaders globally, and asks them to rate their country’s roads’ “extensiveness and condition” from extremely poor to extremely good.

However, despite British roads being ranked far down the survey, a separate study found UK motorists pay some of the highest fuel duty of any country.

Separate analysis by fuel price interest group FairFuelUK showed that a 57.9p-a-litre duty on fuel was the highest of any country in the European Union. The lowest was Sweden with fuel duty per litre of just 29p.

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport told the Times: “We are investing a record £23 billion to increase capacity and improve journeys. This includes providing local highway authorities in England, outside London, with more than £6 billion to help improve roads, including £296 million to help fix potholes and stop them forming.

“While it is for councils to identify where repairs should be undertaken, we are also looking at how innovative technology can help keep their roads in the best condition, saving money.”

Ted Welford


April 30, 2018