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Public demands more infrastructure

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Almost 9 out of 10 people in Britain want to see investment in new infrastructure, according to a new survey published today.

The “Independent survey of attitudes to infrastructure in Great Britain 2015” finds that many people feel that infrastructure projects happen ‘to them’, not ‘for them’ and they do not see any local or national coordination.

The report, published by Copper Consultancy and Icaro in partnership with Peter Brett Associates (PBA), says that 87% of those surveyed support investment in infrastructure, and 85% want to see world-leading or solid improvements to existing infrastructure.

However, only 6% of British people think there is a very well co-ordinated national or local plan.

When asked what would increase confidence in the infrastructure sector, British people said community engagement (41%), consultation (30%), and leadership from politicians (25%) and technical experts (24%).

The report was launched by National Infrastructure Commission commissioner Sir John Armitt.

”Public interest in infrastructure is as much driven by fear of disrupted lives as it is by a promise of greater convenience, speed or improved quality of life,” said Armitt. ”The challenge for us all – ICE, Government and the NIC alike - is to open up the debate and address these fears. Our ability to explain – in plain language - what we are trying to achieve and why, to be prepared to consider alternative solutions and to put ourselves in the public’s shoes is absolutely vital if we are to gain sufficient political and public support, without which important projects simply cannot proceed.”

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