Date set for UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment

Published: 1 Jul 2018


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The UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment will be published on Tuesday 10 July, Sir John Armitt confirmed today.

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said it would be “a watershed moment” in the delivery of infrastructure in this country.

The Assessment will analyse the UK’s long term infrastructure needs up to 2050, and make recommendations for meeting them.

It will cover issues including transport, water, digital technologies, waste and energy.  It will also examine cross-cutting issues such as funding and financing of infrastructure.

Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said:

“We have a rich and proud industrial heritage, with infrastructure at its very core.  We must act now if we’re to continue this success long into the future.

“Publication of the National Infrastructure Assessment will be a watershed moment for the delivery of the transport, digital, water and energy networks we rely on in our day-to-day lives.  It will ensure we can truly plan for the long-term and put the UK in a strong position to make the most of technological advances as they arise, and prepare for risks such as flooding.

“Robust analysis and research, combined with new and innovative approaches to the subject matter, underpin this vital piece of work and I look forward to its publication on 10 July.”

Delivering infrastructure for the future

The National Infrastructure Commission was established in 2015, to provide independent and robust advice on the delivery of infrastructure in the UK.

Key to this is the delivery of a National Infrastructure Assessment once every five years, looking ahead up to 2050.

The Assessment being published in July will be the first of its kind, and will build on the interim report Congestion, Capacity, Carbon: Priorities for National Infrastructure, which set out the vision and priorities for the final document.

Notes to Editors:

As well as delivering the National Infrastructure Assessment, the National Infrastructure Commission is also conducting a study into the future of the freight sector.

The Commission continues a wider role of monitoring the Government’s delivery of key infrastructure improvements and adoption of its recommendations.

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