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Infrastructure output 'to soar this year'

Infrastructure work levels will rise this year for the first time since 2011, economists have predicted.

The Construction Products Association’s respected Spring Forecasts predicted a 7.6% growth in infrastructure output in 2015.

This would follow a period when the effects of the recession and the government’s austerity programme have hit the industry hard. Civils output dropped by a massive 12.6% in 2012, with minor falls in workload for the following two years.

The CPA expects to see £14.2bn of infrastructure work this year, with the largest sub-sector – electricity – expected to grow by the most, by 10% to £5.2bn.

Rail work will rise by 8% to £3.2bn, according to the CPA, and roads output by 5% to £2.8bn.

The construction industry as a whole will grow by 5.5% in 2015, and 17.9% by 2018, the CPA predicted.

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