The new Lower Thames Crossing will bring better access to customers and transport hubs, according to small businesses.
The survey found almost half (49%) of small business owners think the new infrastructure project would give them better opportunities to reach new customers. More than a third (39%) say it would improve their access to transport hubs, and 28.7 per cent think new markets would be more accessible after the crossing is built.
Of those who took part in the survey, carried out by FSB in Kent, London and Essex, and Lower Thames Crossing, 63 per cent said they found traffic congestion a major challenge to their business, and 62 per cent of those surveyed want the Government to focus on investment. Businesses are keen to see the project started as soon as possible.
Deborah Turner, FSB Kent Area Leader said: “We have long urged ministers to get the project going to prevent gridlock on what are some of the UK’s busiest routes. While there have been differences of opinion over where a new Lower Thames Crossing should be located, we welcomed the fact that a choice has been made and money committed.”
“Small businesses will be looking for the Government to stick to their promises so they can achieve their growth ambitions, whatever summer recess or the Brexit final outcome may be.”
Small businesses need a dense, well-maintained road network to compete and grow.
Rural businesses are especially likely to rely on roads as they often report little or no access to public transport links like rail or buses.