M6 Toll is crowned Britain's BEST motorway followed by M25 and M40

M6 Toll is crowned Britain’s BEST motorway as HGV drivers vote the Midland Expressway the ‘most enjoyable route’ followed by M25 and M40

  • M6 Toll – a 26 miles six lane motorway was chosen by 32% of HGV drivers  
  • Researchers from Roadchef also asked HGV drivers all about life on the road
  • They found that a good motorway depends on road surface, rest stops, traffic 
  • A total of 95% claim that Britain is home to the best motorways in the world

The M6 Toll has been crowned Britain’s best motorway afted HGV drivers voted the Midland Expressway the ‘most enjoyable route’.

M6 Toll – a 26 mile six-lane motorway in the West Midlands – was chosen by 32 per cent of the 100 HGV drivers polled, narrowly beating the M25 and M40 in a new poll.  

The only major toll road in the UK from Cannock to Coleshill costs £7.10 for cars and £12.90 for HGVs on weekdays, has faced criticism about traffic levels and the expense of toll since it opened in 2003.  

In a multiple choice questionnaire, 31 per cent of HGV drivers chose the M25, known as London’s Orbital Motorway encircling most of Greater London while the M40, which links London, Oxford and Birmingham, came third with 30 per cent. 

The survey also found that 95% of HGV drivers think that Britain is home to the best motorways in the world. 

The research, carried out by Roadchef, one of the largest motorway service operators in the UK, also found that a good motorway depends on road surface, rest stops and traffic. 

The service operator also asked them about the food they like to eat when they stop, what they listen to as they drive and how they feel about the romance of the open road. 

Containing 26 miles of six lane motorway, the M6 Toll was chosen by 32 per cent of the HGV drivers polled as Britain’s most enjoyable motorway route


Following close behind was the M25 on 31 per cent, also known as London’s Orbital Motorway and encircling most of Greater London and the M40, which links London, Oxford and Birmingham, is on 30 per cent

Also to make the list of top motorways was the M4 on 28 per cent, the M6 on 28 per cent, the M74 on 28 per cent and the M1 on 27 per cent.

Researchers found that a good motorway depends on the smoothness of road surface (62 per cent), the quality of the services and rest stops (61 per cent) and the likelihood of less traffic (51 per cent).

HGV drivers also rated the best motorways depending on how polite its drivers tend to be (47 per cent), beautiful views (45 per cent) and simply just liking the M number (38 per cent). 

Meanwhile nine in ten HGV drivers (95 per cent) admit there’s a romance about being on the open road they can’t resist – with 92 per cent confessing that they love long distance journeys.

And 40 per cent 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.

Four in ten agree that motorways have been a boon for Britain ever since they were first built.

While live music radio (81 per cent) still reigns supreme as the best thing to listen to while driving, 57 per cent of HGV drivers indulge in a podcast instead, while 29 per cent are partial to a non-fiction audio book. 

And the research suggests that the UK’s HGV drivers are true metalheads, rating heavy metal (58 per cent) as the best music genre to listen to while driving (stock image)

And the research suggests that the UK’s HGV drivers are true metalheads, rating heavy metal (58 per cent) as the best music genre to listen to while driving.

They also like to buckle up for some country western tunes (55 per cent), while 53 per cent enjoy relaxing to some jazz instead. 

Tracy Baitup, director of Commercial Income from Roadchef, which conducted the research said: ‘Our research reveals the UK’s ultimate motorways, from the M6 toll through to the M40 and M74, as well as the best songs to listen to while out on the open road.

‘At Roadchef, we understand how gruelling it can be when you spend countless hours on the road, which is why we try to give HGV drivers a welcoming spot to rest that will leave them feeling refreshed and energised.’ 

And when it comes to on the road refreshments, 46 per cent of HGV drivers will enjoy a Coca Cola, while 43 per cent prefer a caffeine hit with a large coffee (stock image)

When it comes to on the road refreshments, 46 per cent of HGV drivers will enjoy a Coca Cola, while 43 per cent prefer a caffeine hit with a large coffee, 43 per cent like to sip on energy drinks, while 26 per cent prefer to keep it healthy with a kombucha – and one in ten even drink protein shakes while on the road.

The poll also found that traditional fast food still reigns supreme, with the most popular food being the classic sausage roll (48 percent), followed by a burger (45 per cent) and a good old packet of crisps (40 per cent).

And if you don’t want to get on the nerves of an HGV driver, then avoid blocking the middle lane, 50 per cent of those polled find this infuriating, 46 per cent can’t stand poor traffic management, 42 per cent get annoyed by having nothing good to listen to and 41 per cent are upset by poor weather conditions.

HGV drivers advise others on the road looking for a pleasant journey to make sure they schedule in lots of breaks (58 per cent), plan the route in advance (53 per cent) and make sure your seat is comfy (46 per cent). 

Ms Baitup added: ‘Having great service areas to stop off at on your journey is one thing but making sure you’re driving and sleeping in comfort is incredibly important for these drivers, which is why we wanted to run a competition so someone is able to have the opportunity to buy some of the essentials they’re lacking like curtains and a decent truck mattress.’

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