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Infrastructure output soared in 2015

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Infrastructure output grew by almost a third last year, official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics published data showing that £20.3bn of new infrastructure work was carried out in 2015.

This was up from £15.4bn the previous year and represented a record amount of work for the sector.

In fact more infrastructure work was done in 2015, according to the inflation-adjusted data, than in 2007 and 2008 combined.

There was a slight dip in infrastructure repair and maintenance work, however, from £8.8bn in 2014 to £8.5bn last year.

Infrastructure output rose in December after four consecutive months of decline, seasonally adjusted monthly figures showed.

A report by the Construction Industry Training Board last month predicted that infrastructure work levels would grow by an average of 6.1% per year to 2020.

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