Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Just fancy that!


The UK's "dilapidated" transport system is costing the economy money when it can least afford it, a new survey of British businesses concludes.The survey of almost 2,700 businesses of all sizes states that congestion is driving up operating costs by £5.7bn.


A member survey carried out by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce shows 63 per cent of respondents are against congestion charging. The chamber surveyed 826 of its 5,400 business members on the proposals being put forward for the Transport Innovation Fund. When asked about the package, 72 per cent of respondents said they did not view the proposed congestion charge as “an acceptable trade off” for the investment in public transport and predicted reduction in levels of congestion. Sixty three per cent were opposed to congestion charging in principle.