Government transport infrastructure delays hurting business, says BCC
Out of 13 key programs, eight are on hold or are delayed, the organisation said, and the Government needs to take bold action to improve the situation.
Dr Adam Marshall, director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: ‘Transport infrastructure is critical to business growth but progress on the investment promised by successive governments continues to be too slow. Whenever key decisions to improve capacity on the country’s rail, road and air networks are delayed, our businesses and economy are missing out. Even where projects have been given the go-ahead in Westminster, progress is typically slow and in too many cases is mired in the planning stages.’
He added that this kind of investment is insulated from global uncertainty, and it creates short-term confidence, jobs in the medium term, and improves the UK’s competitiveness in the long term.
David Brennan, managing director at LeasePlan UK agreed: ‘The BCC report highlights the important link between transport investment and economic growth. Failing to keep our roads moving may jeopardise billions of pounds in lost business earnings.
‘Road travel is a necessity for many businesses, and the government must recognise that investment in the UK’s road network is imperative to boost our country’s fragile economic output.
‘The fact that eight of thirteen core infrastructure schemes are on hold is immensely frustrating. While issues like the third runway at Heathrow often dominate the press, it is vital that the government acknowledges the importance of mobility to the national economy and makes a commitment to restarting these stalled road projects.’