A survey of companies based in the Swansea West Business Park in Fforestfach has revealed that over half of them believe that the poor road access to the estate is significantly impacting on their business. Over 70% of respondents said that Severn Bridge tolls impact on their business costs.
The survey was carried out by South Wales West Liberal Democrats Assembly Member, Peter Black and was sent to 162 businesses on the estate. Just under one in five returned the survey. Mr. Black raised these findings with the Minister for Economy Science and Transport in the Senedd today.
“From my contact with businesses on the Swansea West Business Park these responses seem very representative,” said Mr. Black. “The main arterial road onto the estate runs from Carmarthen Road and it is not unusual for significant queues to build up there. This delays deliveries, increases journey times to and from work for the hundreds of employees working there and disrupts connectivity with the M4.
“Taken together with the Severn bridge tolls these delays and disruptions cost money and I am not surprised therefore that so many companies told me that they were significantly impacting on their business.
“In the Assembly today I raised this issue with the Minister and was heartened when she said that her door was open to Swansea Council in helping them to find a solution to these transport problems. I would urge the Council to take up this offer and put in a bid for Welsh Government assistance in improving road links to the Swansea West Business Park.”