Drivers looking for Britain’s most car-friendly town should take a trip to Telford, it has been revealed.
The Shropshire town has overtaken Dundee in Scotland as the best place for motorists in a poll by Virgin Money Car Insurance.
The UK’s 50 largest populated towns and cities were rated for such things as petrol prices, cost of parking, the number of car parks and the level of car crime. Dundee was runner-up with Newcastle-upon-Tyne third, Sunderland fourth and Belfast fifth.
The least friendliest town – in 50th position – was Northampton, where there were “high levels” of vehicle crime, few parking spaces and expensive petrol. The next-worst towns for motorists were Birmingham, London, Cardiff, and Liverpool, which all scored poorly in each of the categories.
Bristol had the most expensive parking where a two-hour stay cost an average of £5.
The “car crime capital” was Manchester with an average of 8.9 incidents per 1,000 people. Swindon was the “safest” town, with just 2.2 incidents per 1,000 people.
Reading in Berkshire had more speed cameras than anywhere outside London, while Hull had none at all.
Scott Mowbray, of Virgin Money, said: “The UK’s 33 million motorists face many frustrations.
“The number of speeding tickets issued to motorists has almost trebled in the last 10 years and petrol prices continue to soar.”