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Infrastructure Bill published

The Government today published details of its new legislation in the form of its Infrastructure Bill, that was announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech.

“Investment in infrastructure is central to the Government’s long-term economic plan and that is why we are spending almost £73 billion over the period 2015 to 2021 on transport alone,” said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. “This Bill will hugely boost Britain’s competitiveness in transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects.

Measures include:

Turning the Highways Agency into a Government-owned company with the aim of saving £2.6bn over the next 10 years and making the new arms-length company more accountable to Parliament and to road users
Improving the nationally significant infrastructure regime by making a number of technical administrative improvements to the Planning Act 2008 following a review of how the Act has operated
Giving local communities the right to buy a stake in renewable energy infrastructure projects

“These powerful new measures will drive investment, making it easier, quicker and simpler to get Britain building for the future,” added McLoughlin.

The joint Bill was published by the Department for Transport on behalf of the Land Registry; Energy and Climate Change; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Communities and Local Government.

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