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Over a third of drivers would prioritise pothole repair

Survey reveals if drivers were spending the Transport Secretary’s record road and rail investment, two thirds confirmed they will use public transport more if connectivity is improved


A new survey from Venson Automotive Solutions shows there is overwhelming support for Transport Secretary Mark Harper’s plans to improve transport connectivity through road and rail upgrades, with 80% of motorists surveyed giving it the thumbs up. In addition, 64% of respondents said they will use public transport more for travelling longer distances across the UK if transport connectivity is improved.

However, when asked what they would concentrate on to help improve travel if they were Transport Secretary, their priorities differed somewhat. Top of the ‘to-do’ list is repairing potholes with 34% of motorists saying this is where they would focus their efforts.

Comments Simon Staton, Client Management Director, “A well-planned and integrated transport infrastructure can be a vital ingredient in driving economic growth, which is the main reason behind the Government’s investment. With two-thirds of drivers willing to use trains for longer journeys, it appears plans to upgrade rail network would pay off. Nevertheless, it’s telling that if they were given Mark Harper’s job, the majority of drivers would remain focused on tackling the plague of potholes, which continue to affect drivers so detrimentally in the here and now.”   

Almost a fifth of drivers (18%) said they would put the installation of more electric charging points top of their agenda if they were made Transport Secretary. Meanwhile, 16% of respondents said that they would focus on renationalising the train services to help improve UK travel. 

As the Government progresses with policies and proposals to reach net zero by 2050, drivers would appear to be lending their support. When asked if they would use aviation as an alternative to driving if there were more regional airports, only 14% responded positively. 

Simon Staton concludes, “It is encouraging to see that UK drivers are on board with the concept of a more integrated transport system, one which could make a vast difference to their carbon footprint in the future. The fact that they are concerned about improving the charging network and less keen on using air travel is also positive. Nevertheless, businesses remain under considerable economic pressure, so it is not surprising those drivers would focus on what they think would make the biggest difference right now – fixing their biggest bugbear – potholes.” 

If you were the Transport Secretary, what would you concentrate on to help improve travel?

PositionActionPercentage of respondents
1stRepair of potholes34%
2ndMore EV charging points18%
3rdRenationalise the train services16%
4thRemove LEZ and ULEZ zones12%
5thRemoval of congestion charge11%
6thIncrease maximum speed on motorways from 70mph to 80mph9%

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 About Venson
With over 30 years’ experience, Venson Automotive Solutions is a leading independent fleet management specialist. Working with organisations across all sectors, Venson offers a complete range of services to suit all its customers’ needs, including:        
– Fleet Policy Advice        
– Funding        
– Vehicle Acquisition
– Vehicle Disposal       
– Transition to alternative fuels       
– Service, Maintenance and Repair        
– Vehicle Rental        
– Accident Management        
– Duty of Care        
– Workshop Management        
– Vehicle Conversion Services          
Venson has a proven track record in reducing costs and increasing vehicle availability in businesses across the private, public, not-for-profit and emergency services sectors.          

*Independent survey of 300 motorists via Maru Hub 8th January 2024 




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