This is an article for the South Wales Evening Post
I recently carried out a survey of companies based in the Swansea West Business Park in Fforestfach. This revealed that over half of these companies believe that the poor road access to the estate is significantly impacting on their business. In addition over 70% of respondents said that Severn Bridge tolls impact on their business costs.
The survey was sent to 162 businesses on the estate. Just under one in five returned the survey. As a result I raised these findings with the Minister for Economy Science and Transport in the Assembly.
From my contact with businesses on the Swansea West Business Park these responses seem very representative. 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.
I was pleased therefore when the Minister told me that her door is open to Swansea Council in helping them to find a solution to these transport problems. It is a puzzle to me why this has not been higher on the Council’s agenda.
I urge Swansea 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.