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Transport delays hitting projects, says study

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Half of UK construction firms have said delays due to transport problems are frequently impacting projects, according to new research.

The study was carried out by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and it found 78% of respondents said logistical problems resulted in delays to the completion dates of projects, while 41% said they hit profitability.

Just over a third (36%) also believed transport delays damaged their reputation and 21% said they had incurred financial penalties due to missed deadlines.

Overall, 9% of respondents said all projects are affected and 42% said they are regularly affected. The biggest problem was vehicles failing to arrive on site.

The research was carried out on behalf of TomTom Telematics. The company’s vice president of European sales Jeremy Gould said: “Construction firms are required by their customers to satisfy demanding service level agreements, so there is often little room for error when it comes to the completion of projects.”

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