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News - 3 April 2004

British businesses want better roads

According to the British Chambers of Commerce the top transport priority for business is increased road capacity.

The announcement was sparked by reports that ten major road improvement schemes due to start within a few months may be postponed. David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said, “It is an inescapable fact that the roads are the most important transport network and our recent business transport survey found that increasing road capacity is the top business priority for 50% of companies compared to only 21% who wish to see increased investment in rail.

“The overwhelming majority of the population rely on roads for their daily activities and that includes businesses for whom roads are essential. When road capacity increases were announced last July we hoped this signalled the end of the stop go era of much needed road building schemes, which is why the concerns of the Highways Agency are so alarming. There must be significant more road investment and the plans already announced must be delivered.

“If the government reneges on plans already on the table, it will be a huge slap in the face to British businesses who are already struggling with the flagging transport system.

Transport failures are affecting international competitiveness, back the regions and acting as a turn-off to investors. Over half of businesses (55%) believe that road capacity needs to be urgently increased, this is not the time to be announcing cut backs. need more investment in roads not less."

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