Tailbacks may be all too frequent on major roads but most drivers seem happy with England's motorways and trunk routes.
A total of 87.6 per cent were satisfied with motorways and 83.8 per cent were satisfied with trunk roads, a survey by the Highways Agency revealed yesterday.
The findings meant that the agency achieved its 2004/05 targets of 85 per cent satisfaction for motorways and 80 per cent for trunk roads.
The satisfaction survey was revealed in the agency's annual report which showed that it had also reached its other targets.
These include targets for reducing congestion, and for safety, air quality, and landscaping.
The agency's chief executive, Archie Robertson, said: "The last year was another challenging one for the agency and I am delighted we can report a range of achievements and innovation that all contributed to improved service to our customers. Among them, we achieved one of the highest ever ratings from our road users' satisfaction survey.
"During 2004/05, the first of our seven new regional control centres became operational in the West Midlands, together with regular patrols by traffic officers operating on a sevendaysa-week basis for the first time."
He went on: "We have already seen improvements in our handling of unplanned incidents which cause traffic delays.
"By the end of next year, our highly-trained personnel will be patrolling all of England's motorways 24 hours a day. Their aim will be to keep traffic moving and help make journeys on our roads as safe and reliable as possible.
" We also continue to improve the trunk road network, making a capital investment of nearly £500 million during 2004/05, and improving our performance in keeping the network open and our customers informed during severe weather."