A survey has found there would be more public support for infrastructure projects if civil engineers better explained the benefits of the scheme.
The survey, carried out by the Copper Consultancy in partnership with TLF Research, found more than half the people in the UK put housing, renewable energy and major roads as the most important investment priorities for the country. It also found almost 60% of people would be more interested in infrastructure projects if they better understood the benefits.
Copper Consultancy managing director Linda Taylor said there was an investment to benefit disconnect with the public.
She said: “Our research shows that when the benefits are made clear, the public is supportive. If we achieve this, public support for infrastructure could lead to fewer delays to projects and the benefits of infrastructure will be realised sooner.”
Institution of Civil Engineers president Lord Robert Mair added: “The report makes a major contribution to our understanding of the public’s aspirations for UK infrastructure. At a time when infrastructure is key to the future of the UK’s economy, the report’s findings are not only timely but also encouraging.
“The report shows the public can link positive change to infrastructure investment if they understand the benefits as outcomes and impacts to them. Engaging and educating the public – who are ultimately the customers and end users in infrastructure – is therefore crucial. To achieve this, we need to change the language around the subject and make the profession of civil engineering more accessible. It is up to us to take the findings of this report forward and to proactively tell our stories to the public.”