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News - 20 May 2006
Business needs to see some action to control congestion
Failures in the transport system are a key inhibitor of business growth. For this reason businesses are keen to see improvements to our roads sooner rather than later and are even prepared to pay for them.
Responding to the announcement from the Secretary of State for Transport of a fund for the development of a nationwide road-charging scheme David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said, “Business has had enough of endless discussion and debate about transport improvements. Employers want to see action now to ease congestion. Our figures show that failings on the transport system cost the economy £15bn each year. Business understands that road pricing will have a role to play if the much needed improvements in our transport system are to be made.”
"Road pricing is only a part of the solution and is not a blank cheque for the Government. The Treasury already collects £42.2bn in road tax, of which a mere £1.6bn is spent on motorways and trunk roads. The Government must implement a comprehensive programme to increase road capacity through widening existing roads and building new capacity."
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