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Unlock stranglehold on M4, pleads CBI director.

Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail

Businesses are urging AMs to support a major investment to Wales' transport infrastructure as they debate transport proposals today. Better transport links are regularly cited by Welsh companies as the top priority for the future economic success of Wales and as a key factor in protecting the nation's competitiveness.

David Rosser, director of CBI Wales, said that members had long been calling for improvements to Wales' transport infrastructure.

'The announcement in December of significant investment in the Welsh transport system was universally welcomed by all those with an interest in the future eco- nomic success of Wales,' he said.

'It strikes a sensible balance between public transport improvements and the needs of the private market and haulage industry.

'The headline projects give the Assembly the opportunity to boost the economic circumstances of large parts of Wales, and remove major barriers to investment in some cases. CBI Wales represents members of all sizes and sectors and we have long campaigned, on their behalf, for many of the improvements that will be debated today.'

Mr Rosser said there were a number of projects that could unlock investment.

'The M4 relief road in particular will remove a bottleneck that has a negative economic effect on the whole of South and South West Wales,' he said.

'Delays cost money and the present situation is strangling investment that should be moving down the whole length of Wales' M4 corridor and beyond. North Wales can look forward to similar barriers being removed with capacity improvements to the A55.

'Links to Wales International Airport have also long been an issue for Welsh businesses, as well as potential investors, and improved road connec- tions are crucial to its future success, and the prosperity of those companies which depend on it.'

'Transport is critical to business success and we urge Assembly Members to deliver this programme of improvements with speed and commitment.'
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Date:Feb 9, 2005
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