BIG businesses are begging Chancellor Gordon Brown to widen the M62.
Morrison Supermarkets, Dixons Group, Debenhams and Carlsberg are among 40 firms who have signed a letter to Mr Brown asking for the motorway to get another lane.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) drafted the letter because of concerns the UK's busiest roads are close to breaking point.
FTA spokeswoman Louisa Bellee said the Government cannot go on ignoring the congestion on the M62, which crosses the Pennines through Huddersfield.
She said: "The roads cannot continue in the same way they are at the moment.
"Last year congestion cost business in this country more than £20bn.
"If the Government does not do something to improve the problem soon, we could find ourselves in a situation where the economy suffers.
"It is clear from the large amount of names we have supporting us that the state of this country's roads are a big concern to firms - even those you may not expect to use the roads extensively."
On July 12, the Government will publish its spending review outlining where money will be spent on transport over the next three years.
The FTA is hoping the widening of the M1, M25, M4, M6 and the M62 will be approved.
Mrs Bellee said: "The widening of the M62 would mean very little disruption for people nearby because the building would be on land that is already Government owned.
"And it is wrong to suggest that making the motorways wider attracts more vehicles to use them."
But Lindley councillor Tony Woodhead does not think any work on widening the motorway would go down well with people living nearby.
He said: "The work would probably not be popular but you have to ask what the alternative is.
"The M62 is a nightmare during the working week. All it takes is a small accident and you can be sat in traffic for a long time.
"Even when the road is moving it has got much slower because of the volume of traffic.
"Ideally people would use trains and other methods and that should be encouraged, but in the shorter term I think the M62 may have to be given another lane."