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NIC consults on infrastructure assessment


The National Infrastructure Commission is consulting on how it should carry out the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA).

The NIA will be a cornerstone of future governments’ infrastructure policy. The consultation will start the assessment by looking at the process and methodology.

The first part of the NIA is due to be published in 2017 as its remit is to identify infrastructure needs and priorities up to 2050. Its vision and priorities will then be consulted on to help shape the final part of the NIA, which will be published a year later.

The assessment will look at sectors including transport, energy, water and sewerage, flood defences, digital and communications. It will examine interdependencies between sectors and their resilience, as well as looking at how funding and cost-cutting impacts infrastructure delivery.

NIC chair Lord Adonis said: “The NIC was established to transform the way we plan and deliver major infrastructure in this country – the National Infrastructure Assessment will be central to that task.

“The NIA will be an enormous piece of work, but the prize is greater still. Our national infrastructure affects every aspect of our daily lives, and costs us billions each year to develop and maintain.

“Developing a serious and strategic long-term approach will help reduce unnecessary delay, costs and congestion. The NIA will secure better infrastructure for us all, more value for money for the taxpayer, and greater certainty and security for investors.

“The Commission is delighted to launch this consultation and we welcome all contributions.”

The deadline for contributions is 5 August 2016.

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