13th February 2003

 

POOR TRANSPORT LINKS INHIBIT BUSINESS GROWTH

 

Businesses in Lincolnshire say poor transport infrastructure is inhibiting their future growth.

 

A survey of over 3,000 county firms has found that over 50 per cent feel that the state of the county’s road infrastructure is harmful to their business.

 

The findings come from a survey conducted by Kevin Blanchard and David Gray, senior lecturers in Business and Management at the University of Lincoln.

 

New evidence shows that new and expanding businesses in the county feel that their survival and future plans are being put on hold until firm decisions on the county road network have been made by Lincolnshire County Council.

 

“In December the government announced a £5.5 billion spending programme for both national and local transport measures,” says Mr Blanchard. “Of this figure only £129m is coming to the east midlands, a considerable amount of which is to be spent on widening the M1 into four lanes between junctions 21 and 30.

 

“The government’s own statistics show that the amount of goods moved on our roads is now at an unprecedented 250 billion tonnes per year. Nationally the roads are in the worst state of repair since the Second World War. No wonder our county businesses are asking for the road network to be improved if their businesses are to survive and expand.”

 

The survey shows that a high proportion of larger businesses are unhappy with the present state of the Lincolnshire transport infrastructure and that the least satisfied group of businesses are the slow-growing ones whose business has been built up over a period of 20 years.

 

“This evidence shows that established businesses are having their growth potential put at risk, which in turn endangers the economy of the whole county,” said Mr Blanchard.

 

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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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