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Forget airport expansion and sort out the capital’s roads, Londoners tell mayoral candidates

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Our landmark survey finds London businesses are most concerned about roadworks

The next mayor of London should ignore calls for airport expansion and make tackling roadworks disruption his top transport priority, according to a new ComRes survey commissioned by LondonlovesBusiness.com.

More than 60 per cent of Londoners, and 57 per cent of the capital’s business leaders, said reducing disruption from roadworks should be a main transport priority for the next Mayor.

In contrast, just 12 per cent of all Londoners (and 14 per cent of business leaders) said that the development of a new airport in the Thames Estuary – a move favoured by Boris Johnson – should be a priority.

Even fewer Londoners – 11 per cent – said that the new mayor should focus on lobbying for new runway capacity at Heathrow.

Limiting the number of strikes held on the Underground was chosen by 54 per cent of Londoners as a key priority for the next mayor. Fifty-seven per cent of business leaders agreed.

ComRes interviewed 501 London business leaders and 501 members of the public in London online on behalf of LondonlovesBusiness.com between 25 July and 2 August 2011

While nearly a quarter of London’s business leaders – 23 per cent – wanted the next mayor to focus on abolishing the Congestion Charge, 14 per cent wanted the mayor to extend it.

Our survey also found support for Boris’s bike hire scheme among Londoners and the city’s business leaders: almost a quarter of both groups wanted the winner of the 2012 mayoral elections to expand it to new parts of the capital.

ComRes interviewed 501 London business leaders and 501 members of the public in London online on behalf of LondonlovesBusiness.com between 25 July and 2 August 2011. A further survey was conducted among 401 Londers and 260 business leaders between 8 August and 11 August 2011.

 




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