Opening up our data

Modelling Lead David Menzies introduces our new data pages.

Published: 6 Nov 2020

By: David Menzies

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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 new data section – our data has finally found a home of its own!

Now you can go straight to the data (try it here) and search for data by theme, publication, type of data and even keywords. Some datasets have been brought to life using interactive charts, graphs and maps, making our data more accessible to you.

Are you interested in how our infrastructure has been performing? Check out how much people have been using road and rail services here: Commission Performance Measures.

Want to see how well connected places in the UK are, and perhaps want to find out how well connected where you live is? Look here and interrogate the map: Commission’s transport connectivity metrics.

Curious about how much the public sector has been spending on economic infrastructure? Find public expenditure data for different types of infrastructure here: Public spend on infrastructure.

Ever wondered how the source of the energy we have used has changed over time, even as far back as the 18th century? Look at the ‘primary energy consumption’ chart here: Historic energy dataset  (tip: adjust the slider at the top of the chart to look more closely at changes over a specific time period).

What next?

We wanted to make our data more accessible to you and bring it to life where possible.  Are we there yet? We believe we’ve made a good start, and we’re not stopping here. We’ll be refining what we already have on the pages, adding more data – including from our future studies and research projects – and visualising more of it as time goes on.

Even as you read this, we’re working on bringing you access to additional datasets, across all infrastructure sectors.

Are you curious about how many passengers were carried by British airliners in the early to mid-20th century, and how car and motorcycle ownership changed in the same period? We have worked with Dr Oliver Dunn (Cambridge University) to bring this – and other data – out of the archives and make it accessible to you.

Perhaps you’re interested in how consumer water bills have changed since the mid-70s, or how many kilometres of sewers have been built since the 1980s – this, and more, is coming soon.

Why is this data important? Well, infrastructure is very long-lived. If we’re to make the right decisions for the future, it’s important to understand what’s happened over similar time periods in the past. This is why we’ve been digging out some key data, that isn’t currently online, and making it accessible to you.

Bookmark the data page and keep watching our social media feeds for the latest updates!

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