If London is to maintain its global standing, it needs world class infrastructure networks that have sufficient capacity, are resilient and equip the capital for the challenges ahead, according to ICE London.
In its State of the Nation: London Infrastructure 2014 scorecard report, ICE London welcomed progress made since 2010 in positioning infrastructure as a core enabler of economic growth. However, it said more needed to be done on issues of resilience and capacity to meet London’s predicted population growth. This was highlighted by the ‘C’ or ‘requires attention’ grades given for water, flood management, energy and transport networks.
ICE London director Miranda Housden said: “London is a world class city and needs world class infrastructure. There has been notable progress made, some of which is visible across the London skyline. The London 2012 Olympic Games also saw strong coordination and collaboration between transport providers.
“But it is vital that the capital’s infrastructure is fit for the future. London is the fastest growing region in the UK, with its population forecast to reach 10M in the 2030s. Our networks must be able to accommodate the demands that will be placed on them, and we need to ensure we position ourselves as major competitors in the global race.”