The Government should adopt the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) recommendations, according to a recent panel discussion.
Recommendations include measures to switch to low carbon energy, accommodate electric vehicles, encourage the growth of cities, tackle flooding and cut waste.
The event discussed what the government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy should contain.
It was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (APPGI) at the ICE’s headquarters in early May.
APPGI chair Vicky Ford chaired the event. She said, “The strategy presents a fantastic opportunity for the government to address the UK’s infrastructure needs that are essential to enable us to build for 2050.”
Panellists included Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds, Turner & Townsend infrastructure director Lucy Howard and Green Alliance policy director Dustin Benton.
They discussed the need for a strategy that delivers fairness, social value and sustainability. The consensus was that the government should adopt the recommendations from the NIC’s National Infrastructure Assessment.
NIC chairman Sir John Armitt also spoke at the event, reiterating the Assessment’s recommendations. He called on the government to “set a clear signal that it is serious about giving the UK the world-class infrastructure the economy will need up to 2050.”
ICE head of policy and public affairs Chris Richards said: “The assessment was a cohesive research effort into the UK’s future infrastructure requirements and built on the ICE’s own National Needs Assessment of long-term infrastructure priorities.
“Infrastructure is the glue that brings local, regional and national economies together.
“Right across the country, the public is looking to politicians to back the infrastructure they need and speak loudly about the benefits of improving living standards,” he added.
“While it may be tempting to deprioritise taking a decision on long-term infrastructure investment, such a decision still carries a cost in terms of missed benefits.
“All political parties must therefore ensure they rely on the expert, impartial and evidence-led advice being provided by the National Infrastructure Commission as the foundation for their own approaches to infrastructure.”