Businesses say roads and rail not up to scratch

More than a third of firms don't think the UK rail network meets their needs.
More than a third of firms don't think the UK rail network meets their needs.

Over a third of businesses don’t believe that the road and rail networks are meeting their needs, according to new research by the North East England Chamber of Commerce.

The results, based on a survey of business across the region, found that 36 per cent of firms don’t believe that the UK’s rail network meets their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees, compared to 31 per cent that do.

The survey also found that over a third of businesses (36 per cent) believe that the UK rail network is less reliable than five years ago, compared to only 13 per cent that say it’s more reliable.

Relating to the UK’s road network, the survey found that 62 per cent of businesses regard the UK road network as less reliable compared to five years ago, with many believing that it doesn’t meet their needs.

In the 30 days before the survey was conducted, 64 per cent of respondents had experienced road traffic congestion, 51 per cent motorway traffic congestion, and 58 per cent road and rail maintenance.

The NEECC said that it is campaigning to get major investment in the regional rail network and transport routes.