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54 miles of motorway under Cameron

Published 22/05/2015

Britain's motorway network has grown by just 54 miles since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010
Britain's motorway network has grown by just 54 miles since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010

As drivers prepare to hit the roads for the bank holiday weekend, new figures show that Britain's motorway network has grown by just 54 miles since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.

This compares with a growth of 191 miles during the seven-year tenure of the previous Conservative prime minister, Sir John Major.

But both figures are an improvement on the amount of growth during Gordon Brown's three-year stint in Downing Street, which was statistically zero.

The latest data from the Department for Transport shows that Britain's motorway grew in size by three miles during 2014, along with 22 new miles of A-roads.

In total, the number of miles of road in Britain increased in 2014 by 99 to 245,827.

This compares with a figure of 244,978 in 2010, of which 2,211 (0.9%) were motorways.

Exactly 100 years earlier in 1914, Britain's road network was 176,993 miles in length - 72% of the size it was in 2014.

The prime minister to have presided over the biggest growth in the motorway network is Labour's Harold Wilson. During his two stints as premier, from 1964-70 and 1974-76, Britain acquired a total of 537 miles of new motorway.

The second highest total occurred under the four-year term of Conservative prime minister Edward Heath - an increase of 504 miles.

More miles of motorway were added to the network per year under Mr Heath than under any other prime minister to date.

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