Independent report

Public attitudes to roads in England, March 2014

Findings from a public omnibus survey commissioned to inform and support the development of roads reform policy.

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This report contains comparative findings from 2 waves of quantitative research examining public attitudes towards roads in England.

Wave 1 was conducted in June 2013. Seventeen questions were asked to 3,512 adults living in England via the TNS in-home CAPI Omnibus Survey.

In September 2013, 4 of the original questions were asked to a new sample of 3,492 adults living in England, again via the TNS in-home CAPI Omnibus Survey. These questions provide evidence on attitudes towards investment in roads, awareness of the strategic road network and attitudes towards economic growth.

Using the June results as a baseline it has been possible to track changes in attitude towards these issues between June and September. This comparative analysis is the focus of this report. Full findings from wave 1 can be found in the publication ‘Public attitudes to roads in England, September 2013’. Full findings from wave 3 can be found in ‘Public attitudes to roads in England, September 2014’.

This research has informed government’s thinking around roads reform and development of the ‘Road investment strategy’.