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Businesses demand better roads

Businesses in Northern Ireland are calling for better roads in order for them to reach their potential.

According to the latest BT/InterTradeIreland Business Monitor 49 per cent of business said the lack of transport infrastructure had an adverse effect on their businesses.

InterTradeIreland chief executive Liam Nellis said: "Infrastructure is the bedrock for strong economic growth. It is only when basic infrastructure needs - in this case, the transportation network - are met, that the business environment can strive towards the upper limits of its potential."

The study surveyed 1,000 businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with those south of the border more optimistic about the likelihood of improvements going ahead.