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Friday, 4 August, 2000, 06:43 GMT 07:43 UK
M25 tops motorway poll
M25 motorway
Drivers love the M25 despite traffic jams
Drivers have voted the traffic-clogged London orbital motorway, the M25, their favourite stretch of road.

The jam-infested 119-mile road came top of the motorway league in a national survey.

Many drivers took a light-hearted view of the regular heavy congestion that characterises the road.

One described the M25 as "the only free car park in the capital".

Another reckoned it was "one of the most peaceful roads in the world - the only place you get the chance to relax and watch the world go by".

The M4 was the next most popular motorway, with many people linking it with the start of summer holidays to the south west of England.

Third was the M6, which carries traffic from the Midlands up western England and into Scotland.

Roadside romance

Least popular with drivers were the M9 and M73 around Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The gateway to the north, the A1, which is guarded by The Angel of the North, was the best-loved dual carriageway.

The M4 and M5 were considered the sexiest roads, with their parking areas, grass verges and service stations often cited as places for bouts of romance.

Among haunted highways was the A5, which runs from the north west of London towards Birmingham.

One driver travelling along the A5 described seeing a ghost carriage being pulled by a train of horses on the central reservation.

That was not the only strange sight seen on UK roads, however.

One couple remembered how their dog had 10 puppies on the central reservation of the M1.

The poll was commissioned by Microsoft to help launch its AutoRoute 2001 drivers' guide.

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