THERE was a lane closure on the M60 every day last year, according to figures obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.

The orbital motorway in Greater Manchester was one of seven to report closures on all 365 days of 2013, according to new figures obtained from the Highways Agency.

A road which fared better was the M61, linking Bolton to Preston and Manchester, which closed lanes on only 90 days last year.

Other motorways to report a closure every day were the M1, M4, M5, M6, M25 and M54 in Shropshire.

Car insurer Swiftcover, which obtained the figures, said that in 2013, more than a third of motorways had lane closures for at least six months, while a quarter were fully open for 25 days or less.

The company added: "Motorists can expect an increase in motorway road works during 2014 as a result of the government's £317 million 'pinch point' programme.

"This ambitious programme includes 123 extensive road works projects across the UK. However, less than a quarter of these have so far been completed."

The firm's product manager, Roman Bryl, said: "Some of our busiest road networks are never fully operational, and lane closures and diversions are a source of real frustration to drivers.

"Obviously it is important that motorways are kept in a good state of repair, but maintenance works can be very disruptive and stressful.

"Drivers should bear in mind that motorways may not actually be the quickest route for their journey, and plan ahead in order to avoid potential delays."

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "The agency is delivering the biggest-ever programme of investment in our roads - £24 billion up to 2021.

"This will ensure we have a strategic road network that is fit for the future and can accommodate the millions of drivers who use our motorways every year.

"Work is planned very carefully to minimise disruption as far as possible, and to ensure the safety of road users and roadworkers.

"While we recognise people's journeys may be delayed as we carry out these vital improvements, ultimately this level of investment is good news for drivers, who will experience smoother and more reliable journeys in the longer term."