Engineers have hailed publication of the government’s infrastructure investment plans.
The Treasury today revealed the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which set out a £483bn pipeline of 600 projects across the UK.
This included almost £300bn of work that will be delivered over the five years to March 2021.
Civils firms have long called for increased visibility of public projects to help them skill up and achieve efficiencies.
Institution of Civil Engineers director general Nick Baveystock said: “The National Infrastructure Plan has evolved steadily since 2010, and this new iteration of the plan and pipeline builds on the progress made, improving visibility for investors and the supply chain.
“The shift in focus to delivery over five years sets a fresh tone – one of spades in the ground - and we welcome the recognition that this must be complemented by a vision for the longer term.
“This brings to the fore the role of the National Infrastructure Commission in setting out the UK’s priorities up to 2050, and the importance of a robust needs assessment to underpin any vision.”
The ICE is leading a coalition of organisations that will produce an independent needs assessment for infrastructure to support the National Infrastructure Commission’s work.