A new Confederation of British Industry (CBI) survey has revealed that 70% of firms consider faster road and rail access to the UK’s airports to be ‘critical or important’.
Carried out in partnership with design and engineering company AECOM, the survey also found that 59% of firms believe more resilient infrastructure would be crucial for airports.
In addition, 27% of businesses expect aviation connectivity to improve, while 61% of firms in Scotland and Wales anticipate enhanced connectivity.
Further results highlight that 73% of firms are not confident that a new runway will be built in the South East, and that nearly 46% expect to lose business if the UK doesn’t increase its flights with emerging markets.
“It isn’t right that nearly one in two firms are dissatisfied with their region’s infrastructure, or that confidence in the future is running low."
Confederation of British Industry director general Carolyn Fairbairn said: “Day in, day out, Britain’s businesses rely on our roads, railways and runways to move their goods, services and people up and down the country.
“Firms give the Government a good report card on infrastructure, and are pleased with its commitment in recent years to put infrastructure at the heart of its long-term economic agenda.
“But announcements and commitments are one thing. Seeing tarmac, tracks, and super-fast internet cables being laid is another.
“It isn’t right that nearly one in two firms are dissatisfied with their region’s infrastructure, or that confidence in the future is running low, especially when it comes to delivery, the key piece of the infrastructure puzzle.”
Image: New 2016 CBI / AECOM infrastructure survey finds improvement in UK’s infrastructure. Photo: courtesy of CBI.