David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, comments on the announcement that plans for an extension to the M6 toll road have been scrapped in favour of a scheme to widen the motorway.

“At long last a decision has been made on the increasing capacity on the M6. Our concern now is that the Department for Transport has stated that it will take 11 years until the road widening scheme will be complete.

Businesses rely on the road network to transport goods and constantly suffer from the nations poor infrastructure and congestion, which costs the UK economy £15 billion annually and is severely damaging British businesses’ competitiveness and productivity. 48% of businesses have experienced a loss of business as a direct result of failings in the UK’s transport infrastructure. A position that is worsening every year. 

The project is a priority road scheme for the whole of the UK and needs to be started now as a matter of priority