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No mobile signal on over 600 miles of road in Powys and Gwynedd

In terms of 4G, just 51% of the UK road network has full coverage.

Powys and Gwynedd have been named in the top ten of local authorities in the UK lacking mobile phone coverage on their roads.

Powys (411 miles) came second only to Highland local authority area in Scotland (910 miles).

Motorists in Gwynedd would be unable to call for help or look up directions on over 213 miles of the road network, the RAC Foundation said.

411
miles of road in Powys local authority have no phone coverage on any of the UK's four networks
5,540
miles of road across the UK with no phone signal at all.

Across the UK, about 2% of roads have no mobile coverage at all.

A further 44,368 miles, 18% of all roads, have only partial voice coverage, with not all operators providing a signal.

Motorists who rely on their smartphones to access the internet for route planning and to check for congestion could get into difficulty on the 5,452 miles of road with a complete absence of 3G coverage.

In terms of 4G, just 51% of the road network has full coverage.

The research was based on analysis of data published by communications regulator Ofcom.

The RAC Foundation's Director, Steve Gooding, said that more needed to be done to improve connectivity in order to make roads safer and reduce congestion.

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

On our motorways, which carry around a fifth of all traffic, every mile should now have voice and basic data coverage plus a 4G signal for all but a couple of miles.

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.

– RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding