A few weeks ago I had to travel from North Wales to the south coast. In order to avoid the interminable M6 roadworks I decided to travel via Wrexham, Oswestry and Shrewsbury onto the M54 at Telford – quite a good road now though parts are still being upgraded. I then travelled via the M6 and M42 onto the new M40. This of course joins the M25, which I followed until turning off to head south through Dorking. Nothing very remarkable about the journey you may think, but ponder this: there are no services, no food, no petrol and no loos for the entire journey from joining the M54 until leaving the M25 south of London, surely a glaring defect in the system?