Businesses feel let down by Britain’s transport system

Companies think Britain’s transport system is more of a hindrance than a help to business, according to a survey.

Two thirds of businesses believe the infrastructure causes them problems, the report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) has shown.

More than half of businesses said the railways met their needs either poorly or very poorly, and 81 per cent said there were too many organisations running them.

The IoD said there was “more than a hint of rearranging the deckchairs” about the reallocation of rail responsibilities as outlined in the Government’s rail White Paper.

More than half were prepared to support the widespread introduction of toll roads and congestion charging, providing the money raised was used to increase road capacity or reduce motoring taxes, the survey said.

Firms were happier with the airlines, with 47 per cent saying they were increasing their number of domestic business flights and 69 per cent making greater use of budget airlines for business travel.

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