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Road tolls find business support

Traffic jam

Congestion charging in Northern Ireland's towns and cities would be welcomed by many business leaders, a survey has found.

The Institute of Directors survey examined attitudes to transport infrastructure and congestion.

Of those surveyed, 44% said they would be happy with congestion charging.

Charlie Henderson of PA Consulting said: "Business leaders surprisingly are not adverse to road pricing, providing it reduces congestion."

Traffic-choked roads had led to increased costs among 35% of respondents, while 82% said congestion had hindered customer access.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed believed the transport infrastructure was satisfactory or good, but 90% called for more government spending to make improvements.

Forty percent suggested government expenditure could be diverted from other areas, while 16% said they would support tax increases to fund better roads.

Would you be willing to pay road tolls to reduce traffic congestion?
312 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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