Saturday, December 4, 2010

UK small businesses want money spent on roads, not high-speed rail

Opposition grows against the proposed £30 billion Birmingham-to-London high-speed rail line, according to the Birmingham Post:
The Federation of Small Businesses called for the cash to be invested in improving Britain’s road network instead.
And leading local employer Chris Kelly, chairman of West Bromwich-based Keltruck Ltd, said many employers would prefer to see investment in the road network – which is used to transport the overwhelming majority of freight...
Mr Jaffa said the Federation of Small Businesses had surveyed its members but “not one of our members said high speed rail was a critical concern to them”.
Improving the road network was more important to small businesses, he said – but money was being poured into rail instead.

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