Budget 2016: Don’t forget the routine stuff, engineers warn
The Institution of Civil Engineers has welcomed the government’s continued support for flagship infrastructure projects but says routine maintenance is just as important and should not be neglected.
Institution of Civil Engineers director general Nick Baveystock said: “The confirmed financial backing for vital transport projects in the North is excellent news. The next step should be to underpin this commitment with an integrated plan embracing a mix of ambitious, transformational projects alongside smaller scale investments. If the plan can be developed swiftly, it will maintain confidence in the vision and enable the benefits to be felt sooner. Similarly, the funds allocated to develop the case for Crossrail 2 are welcome, but this should move forward at a good pace so the hybrid bill can be submitted in Parliament.”
“While the headlines are focussed on important large projects, the upkeep of our existing infrastructure – from flood defences to local roads – should not be forgotten. We await details on any local authority cuts and the impact on maintenance budgets, and will continue to encourage a shift from reactive patch-up work towards a ‘whole life’ approach to infrastructure investment.”
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This article was published on 16 Mar 2016 (last updated on 16 Mar 2016).