The ICE this week began a campaign to persuade all of the political parties to put infrastructure at the heart of their economic plans in the run up to this year’s General Election.
The “Commit to Infrastructure” campaign started with the launch of a paper of the same title. It was issued to MPs across the political spectrum to aid their understanding of the importance of infrastructure to local communities and to the wider UK economy.
The paper will be followed by the ICE’s Manifesto for Infrastructure in February outlining more detailed policies building on the State of the Nation: Infrastructure 2014 report. The report sets out five infrastructure priorities for politicians:
- Give infrastructure the front row seat it deserves - as a driver of growth and job creation and a catalyst for regenerating communities and maintaining quality of life
- Be visionary - create a long term, evidence based strategic vision and a framework for achieving political consensus on that vision
- Be bold - political courage is key. Tough decisions about the future of the UK’s energy and aviation policy, and driving the delivery of major projects lie ahead. Similar decisions about managing the cost and resilience of our infrastructure networks will also be needed.
- Get smarter at engaging with the public - a proactive engagement programme is needed to build trust, confidence and credibility into the decision making process Build on the progress and momentum achieved in the last five years - starting from scratch risks losing momentum and shaking investor confidence
A Twitter hashtag #Commit2Infrastructure has also been created as a platform for debate in the run up to the General Election and to keep members, politicians and other stakeholders up to date with ICE’s work.
Other activities and reports planned over the coming months include meetings with politicians, forums, debates and hustings across the country.
A report about infrastructure resilience and availability will also be published. It will explore the challenges faced by cities around the world in the face of extreme weather events, how they are managed, and how the UK can learn lessons.
The Commit to Infrastructure campaign follows the launch of ICE’s Transport for Growth report on devolution published in December.
This urged policy makers to accelerate the process for devolution of transport powers in the next Parliament and “seize the opportunity to unlock the potential of our city regions”.
- View the Commit to Infrastructure paper at www.ice.org.uk/commit2infrastructure. Follow the ICE on Twitter at @ICE_engineers and get involved with the debate by using the #Commit2Infrastructure hashtag. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org