Independent report

First wave of findings on business attitudes to roads in England

Findings from September 2013 on business attitudes and behaviour towards roads in England to help develop the roads reform policy.


Business attitudes to roads In England, September 2013

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This report contains the findings from the first of 2 waves of quantitative research examining business attitudes and behaviour towards roads in England.

Nineteen questions were placed on the June 2013 wave of the BDRC Continental Business Opinion Omnibus Survey. In total 427 telephone interviews were conducted with financial decision-makers in businesses based in England turning over a minimum of £50,000.

The study provides evidence on attitudes towards:

  • investment in roads
  • use of the strategic road network (SRN)
  • priorities for improving the SRN
  • attitudes towards economic growth

This research has informed government’s thinking around roads reform, the content of the ‘Action for roads’ command paper and development of the ‘Road investment strategy’.

Published 15 January 2015