More than 4,500 miles of British roads still don’t have phone signal, which means anyone who breaks down on them cannot call for help, a motoring charity has warned.
The RAC Foundation found that around 2 per cent of the UK’s road network, or 4,561 miles, did not have any 2G coverage, which is the minimum necessary to make a call or send a text. Stretches of road include the A149 in East Anglia, the A591 in Cumbria, the A93 in Scotland and the A494 in Wales.
The charity said this not only means that motorists relying on their smartphones for directions could find themselves in trouble but that those who break down would have no way of getting help.
‘There are thousands of miles of road along which you would not want to break down or have an accident because calling the RAC, the emergency services or even home wouldn’t be an option,’ said director Steve Gooding.
‘Even where there is partial network coverage it might not be from your network provider.
‘The concepts of connected cars and drivers is at the heart of much thinking about how we might make our travelling lives easier. But the best ideas in the world will fall at the first hurdle if there are no bars on the phone.’
Around 28,975 miles have partial 2G coverage, which means only certain operators provide a signal, and around 14,554 miles of road have no 3G.
More than a half of the British road network has no 4G coverage, the study found.