Better roads will help to attract new businesses

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Traffic tailbacks are not just frustrating.

They’re costly too, with firms affected financially and logistically, or put off moving to certain areas altogether if they feel road links are not good enough.

It’s such a crucial aspect of so many businesses that it can be a real deal-breaker.

Places such as Gosport may well have lost out on potential employers relocating to the town because of the reputation of the road in and out getting clogged up.

So we welcome the announcement that the government is to spend more than £8m improving motorways and A-roads in our area.

Although much of the work is focused on the Southampton area and the A3, the government says the enterprise zone at the former Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent will benefit.

It’s already getting a huge funding package, which will hopefully lead to thousands of jobs being created and a training centre on the site.

But if transport links are to become faster and more efficient, then surely the business park will be an even more attractive proposition.

There’s a real cause for optimism now as this latest announcement comes just days after the government said it had unlocked the last piece of funding needed to start £8.5m of improvements to Newgate Lane in Fareham.

It’s about time the Fareham and Gosport area had some assistance as it plays such an important role in the local economy.

One issue that firms have always had to consider is access, but if that is made better then there is a compelling case for them to move here.

Improvements to the M27 should mean access to and from Southampton airport is better, providing a joined-up transport solution to companies.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage describes the investment as ‘hugely satisfying’ and we have to agree with her.

Finally, Fareham and Gosport can feel like they can take on the might of city neighbours Portsmouth when it comes to attracting businesses.