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Business bosses talk to MPs about local transport needs

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire met with MPs at Westminster last week to discuss regional transport needs and priorities

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire met with MPs at Westminster last week to discuss regional transport needs and priorities.

The meeting was attended by transport minister Norman Baker and nine of the local MPs, including Caroline Spelman MP for Meriden.

At the meeting FSB members raised issues around the level of future funding for local transport, highlighting bottlenecks in the region where congestion extends beyond commuting times.

They also raised the issue of parking regimes reducing the incentive for businesses and consumers to trade in local town centres.

They also stressed the importance of a good rail service that links the entire region.

Bruce Undy, FSB National Councillor said: “Small businesses depend on their car or van to operate - 65 per cent of small firms said their car or van is crucial to their business.

“We believe that more needs to be done to address the problem of congestion and the state of repair of UK roads to get businesses moving and growing.”

David Tucker, a strategic transport planner based in Henley-in-Arden added: “We know that more strategic planning and management of transport can help markets work more effectively.

“Rebalancing the funds collected from road users and the amount invested back into improving the road network would prevent the poor state of roads and high levels of congestion from costing small firms.

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with the Minister and our MPs and look forward to an ongoing dialogue on specific local issues.”

 

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