No mobile cover on miles of roads

Drivers in North Yorkshire who break down on over 200 miles of the county’s roads cannot call for help because there is no mobile phone coverage, a motoring charity has claimed.

The country is among the top ten worst spots in the country according to a study by the RAC Foundation which found 4,561 miles of road nationwide - representing about 2 per cent of the entire network - does not have any 2G coverage, which is the minimum required to make a call or send a text.

These stretches of road include the A149 in East Anglia, A591 in Cumbria, A93 in Scotland and A494 in Wales. The RAC Foundation found the local authority areas with the most miles of road lacking any mobile signal included Powys where 437 miles of road had no coverage, Argyll and Bute where 293 miles of road had no coverage.

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Highland areas topped the poll, while North Yorkshire came in in seventh place with 231 miles of road where there was no mobile coverage.

According to the survey a further 28,975 miles have partial 2G coverage, meaning only certain mobile operators provide a signal.

Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation director said: “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.

“Even where there is partial network coverage it might not be from your network provider.”