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How infrastructure can help counter infection
People traveling by airplane during COVID 19 wearing N95 face masks, waiting in line at airport terminal. Close up of woman disinfecting hands.

How infrastructure can help counter infection

An opinion piece by Monica Laucas, drawing on conversation with Chelsea Stefanska, Global Health Security Specialist at Mott MacDonald I recently discussed with Chelsea Stefanska, a Global Health Security Specialist at Mott MacDonald, how epidemiology can influence infrastructure design and how infrastructure can be retrofitted to be pandemic resilient. “As an infectious disease epidemiologist, it...

22 Mar 2021 By
Young infrastructure professionals test top ten proposals for driving change
Annual Monitoring Report 2021

Young infrastructure professionals test top ten proposals for driving change

Our Young Professionals Panel considers the government’s National Infrastructure Strategy and Budget and puts forward its top ten recommendations in response to the Strategy and the Commission’s recent Annual Monitoring Report.

15 Mar 2021 By
Looking back at transport development
A Princess Coronation (Duchess) class express steam locomotive steaming fast up the west coast main line on the fringes of the English Lake District. A car travelling in the opposite direction is on the adjacent M6 motorway.

Looking back at transport development

If you’re reading this, you’ll probably know we recently launched our data pages, an area of our website which provides you with easy access to the data we have used, and data we think you’ll find interesting. As promised in our launch blog, we have now added our historic transport datasets which you can find...

12 Mar 2021 By
Valuing natural capital in infrastructure
Natural capital and environmental net gain
View across Pegwell Bay Marsh

Valuing natural capital in infrastructure

This week, government has launched a consultation on its draft policy statement on five environmental principles, to be enshrined in the Environment Bill. The announcement follows hot on the heels of last month’s publication of the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity. This landmark report made a decisive link between the economy and nature, suggesting...

11 Mar 2021 By
Learning the lessons for a highly renewable future
Operability of highly renewable electricity systems
Solar panels on a field

Learning the lessons for a highly renewable future

The last few months have been a busy time for UK energy policy. The government published its long awaited Energy White Paper, The Climate Change Committee produced its 1,000 pages of advice to the government on the level of the next carbon budget, and HM Treasury published its interim report on the costs of the...

24 Feb 2021 By
Opening up our data
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Opening up our data

Here at the Commission, data underpins our work. It helps us understand the state of infrastructure in the UK, how well it is performing for us, and what infrastructure we might need in the future. Because it’s so important, we’ve been working to make it easier for you to access and use. Welcome to our...

6 Nov 2020 By
Better defining ‘levelling up’ is a crucial step to achieving it
Growth across regions
Portrait of Professor Sir Tim Besley CBE

Better defining ‘levelling up’ is a crucial step to achieving it

Some form of regional inequality has been a persistent feature of the UK.  Not only are there profound differences between regions (i.e. North and South), there are also inequalities within regions. Pockets of low productivity and heightened levels of deprivation exist in both successful and unsuccessful places.  But these are not set in stone; changing...

A sector that looks more like today’s UK will serve it better
Portrait image of Julia Prescot

A sector that looks more like today’s UK will serve it better

“Create a diverse, inclusive workplace that is representative of the public we serve – and  ensure that infrastructure planning, decision-making and implementation reflects the needs of the entire population.” Walking into a conference hall containing some of the key decision makers in infrastructure investment a few years ago, I was struck by the similarity of...

1 Sep 2020 By
My first 100 days

My first 100 days

100 days ago, I took up my post as Chief Executive of the NIC. Like others who have changed jobs during the crisis, I’ve been navigating the challenge of being away from a tangible office environment and getting to know my new team through calls and computer screens. While it’s been a rather unconventional start, I join at a time when the Commission’s work has never...

14 Aug 2020 By
Can data help make our crucial infrastructure even more resilient?

Can data help make our crucial infrastructure even more resilient?

Now more than ever we can see the importance of data to help us anticipate, react, and recover from infrequent but potentially devastating events. But this is not just true of pandemics: data can help us to manage direct shocks to infrastructure as well. During the current crisis, our infrastructure systems have generally stood up...

17 Jul 2020 By
Forecasting a changeable outlook

Forecasting a changeable outlook

You don’t have to be a trained weather forecaster to note that the weather in the UK is changing. The scientific consensus is that we will see an increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events as a result of climate change. The UK government has legislated for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by...

12 Jun 2020 By
Metering will save us water sooner

Metering will save us water sooner

It’s not surprising that household water consumption has surged during the Covid19 lockdown. We’re washing our hands more than ever, and many of us are home all day using our bathrooms and kitchens. But even before lockdown, some of us were already using more water than we need – by taking long showers, watering our...

15 May 2020 By
How can infrastructure improve competitiveness?

How can infrastructure improve competitiveness?

Looking beyond the urgent priorities raised by the present pandemic, Commission Economic Advisor Beth Horsman introduces a new discussion paper exploring the vexed subject of competitiveness and its implications for long term infrastructure planning. When you think of competitiveness, what sort of images spring to mind? Furiously fought sporting fixtures; athletes training for competitions; a...

20 Apr 2020 By
Infrastructure and the efficient delivery of new housing
Modern British housing

Infrastructure and the efficient delivery of new housing

This blog post relates to the new paper Infrastructure to support housing. We often hear that Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis. The government aims to tackle it by building one million homes in England over the next five years, with the annual build rate rising towards its 300,000 homes target. This...

13 Mar 2020 By
Unwrapping the importance of infrastructure for everyday life
Portrait of Sir John Armitt

Unwrapping the importance of infrastructure for everyday life

As we hurtle towards Christmas, infrastructure is perhaps not top of most people’s minds. But without it, the holidays would be rather less enjoyable (raw turkey, anyone?) and those of us travelling wouldn’t be able to get to where we are supposed to be. So this year, the National Infrastructure Commission is working with various...


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