The Plan focuses on economic infrastructure, including energy, transport, digital communications, flood protection, water and waste management. It restates the Government’s understanding that infrastructure supports private sector growth and quality of life and goes some way to setting out the Government’s role in how this infrastructure is delivered.
Commenting, CECA National Director Rosemary Beales said: “We are extremely encouraged by the National Infrastructure Plan, which sets out the scale of the UK’s requirements in energy, transport, digital communications, flood protection, water and waste management. CECA has lobbied hard for Government to take a long-term and holistic view of infrastructure and the investment needed to maintain a competitive economy.
“Despite the recent cuts to road schemes and the fact that contractors are undoubtedly facing a difficult few years, there appears to be a new level of commitment to infrastructure. It is vital we work with Government to put in place the funding and other conditions to unlock major projects.
“This is an ambitious plan that links strategic and local infrastructure in the context of economic growth and sets out a comprehensive overview of next steps including the Green Investment Bank, National Policy Statements for planning in areas of major infrastructure and the costs of civil engineering study.
“As the report acknowledges, there is a need for a new approach to investing in the UK’s infrastructure, one that provides clarity and consistency over greater periods than we have had in the past. The National Infrastructure Plan is a strong step in that direction.”