THE M62 motorway snaking across the Pennines above Huddersfield is one of Britain’s worst roads.
The busy motorway, linking Hull and Liverpool, is used by tens of thousands of drivers every day and is a spectacular feat of engineering.
But it is not a happy route for motorists, despite stunning views across Scammonden and Calderdale.
They have voted it the 9th worst in the country in a new poll – linked with the notorious M25 and Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham.
Britain’s busiest route – the M25 – has been voted the country’s worst road.
Notorious for its long tailbacks and numerous accidents, the 119-mile orbital M25 pipped the M6 for the worst route title in a poll by sat-nav company Garmin.
Spaghetti Junction near Birmingham was third, with London’s North Circular fourth.
In contrast, the best road accolade went to the A591 between Keswick and Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
Second was the A82 Glasgow to Fort William, with the A38 from Exeter to Plymouth third.
Those surveyed said their most memorable drive was the trip taken to go on holiday, with second place going to taking their baby home from hospital for the first time.
The poll also found that London was considered the worst city for driving, with confusing road signs, one-way systems and constant roadworks making the experience particularly unpleasant.
Sunday was voted as the best day to go for a drive by almost a quarter (23 per cent) of those polled, apart from younger drivers between 18 and 24 years old who prefer driving late at night on a week day. Garmin’s Claire Carter said: “Driving in America conjures images of Route 66 and Route 1 and in Australia it’s the Great Ocean Road.
“In Britain, we’re more likely to think of the M25 and the M6. It’s hardly surprising that driving in Britain is regarded as more pain than pleasure.”
She added: “The open expanses and sweeping hillside routes of Cumbria, Scotland and Devon dominate Britain’s best drives – taking the top three spots in our poll.
“The stunning scenery, challenging twists and turns and almost traffic-free driving on these roads are ideal for an enjoyable and relaxing journey.”
Top Ten Worst Roads
3.Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham
4.North Circular in London
5. Oxford Circus, London
7. Hanger Lane Gyratory in west London
8. South Circular, London
Top Ten Best Roads
1. A591 between Keswick and Lake
Windermere in the Lake District
2. A82 Glasgow to Fort William in
3. A38 from Exeter to Plymouth
4. M48 across the Severn Bridge
5. A696 from Newcastle upon Tyne to
the Scottish Borders
6. A3 overlooking the Devils
Punch bowl in Surrey
7. A1 or A167 when you see the Angel
of the North
8. A537 out of Macclesfield
9. A25 from Dorking to Guildford,