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Business leaders say completion of insular ring road is urgent and crucial 

Business leaders in Tenerife have added their weight to calls for the island’s insular ring road to be completed as a matter of great urgency.

The CEOE-Tenerife has lamented continued delays and cost over-runs which, they say, are costing the future of the island dear.

They have “reiterated and demanded” the urgent completion of the ring road in order to connect the south and north of Tenerife.

The business associations says this will not only open up the whole of the island for workers, local people and tourists but also save on CO2 emissions and reduce traffic congestion.

Concern is generally being expressed about the growing traffic jams on various roads in Tenerife, including the TF5 around the Santa Cruz area which frequently sees large tailbacks.

The CEOE says new jobs are being created in the south of the island and a ring road would give people who live in the north a better chance of accessing them.

The opening of the insular route would substantially cut the journey time between the north and south of the island by at least a third.

The group also believes a better road system would encourage investors and help people reconcile their family life with work.

Their call for action backs those of other bodies and organisations, including Tenerife Cabildo and Pacto por Tenerife.

Carlos Alonso says traffic congestion is one of the most serious problems Tenerife is currently facing and queues on the north highway means some motorists can be stuck for as long as two hours.

The CEOE has lamented generally the delays and cost over-runs in the Canary road programme and points out that the insular ring road has ben an historic demand for 30 years.

Members say everything possible must be done to help Tenerife progress and to overcome the effects of the economic crisis and the high rate of unemployment. The completion of the ring road therefore has to be top of the list of priorities.