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Cumbria and southern Scotland among worst in UK for roadside phone signal

Almost 300 miles of roads in Cumbria have no phone coverage. Photo: ITV Border

Cumbria and southern Scotland are among the worst areas in the UK for roadside phone coverage.

Figures from the RAC Foundation show large stretches of road are without coverage.

The research found:

296
miles of road in Cumbria lack phone signal.
226
miles of road in Dumfries snd Galloway are without phone signal.
192
miles of roads in the Scottish Borders don't have signal.
Cumbria and southern Scotland are among the worst areas in the UK for roadside phone coverage. Credit: ITV Border

Travellers in the region that rely on their phones, may find themselves in a difficult situation if they break-down or lose their sense of direction in areas that have no signal.

Steve Gooding, the RAC Foundation's Director, said more needs to be done to improve signal to make roads safer and reduce congestion.

The good news is that mobile coverage has improved a great deal across our road network.

As rapidly as the technology has advanced, so too have our expectations of enjoying uninterrupted connectivity.

Hopes are high that autonomous and connected vehicles will make our roads safer and help cut congestion, but that is dependent on those vehicles being able to communicate with each other and the infrastructure around them.

This analysis shows that there is still work to be done to make constant and comprehensive coverage a reality"

– STEVE GOODING, RAC FOUNDATION DIRECTOR