National Infrastructure Assessment

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An assessment of the United Kingdom's infrastructure needs to 2050 and beyond.

Once a parliament, the Commission publishes a National Infrastructure Assessment.

Each Assessment analyses the UK’s long term economic infrastructure needs, outlining a strategic vision over the next thirty years and setting out recommendations for how identified needs should be met. The first National Infrastructure Assessment was published in 2018.

The first National Infrastructure Assessment

The first National Infrastructure Assessment made a series of recommendations for how the identified infrastructure needs and priorities of the country should be addressed. This included recommendations on digital connectivity, low carbon energy, drought and flood risk management, towns and urban transport, design, and funding.

In November 2020, the government published its National Infrastructure Strategy. The Strategy adopted the majority of the recommendations made in the Commission’s first Assessment. It was published alongside a commentary detailing the government’s response to each part of our first Assessment.

Read the first Assessment

The Commission is now working on the second National Infrastructure Assessment, to be published in autumn 2023.

The first output will be a baseline analysis of the current state of key infrastructure sectors, to be published in autumn 2021. This data-led analysis will be published alongside the Commission’s proposals for the strategic themes and main priorities it intends to explore in the next Assessment. The Commission will then engage widely on these topics with stakeholders, supplemented by a range of data collection and analysis to inform its final report and recommendations to the government in 2023.

The second Assessment will also consider potential scenarios for long term behaviour change as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In May 2021 we published Behaviour change and infrastructure beyond Covid-19. This recommended that government should consider a range of scenarios for how infrastructure use might change, regularly reviewing which trends are playing out, in order to avoid policy paralysis in the short term in the face of significant uncertainty.

More information about how the Commission is undertaking the second Assessment can be found here.

First Assessment

National Infrastructure Assessment

The first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment looked at the United Kingdom’s future economic infrastructure needs to 2050 and beyond and made key recommendations for how to deliver new transport, low carbon energy and digital networks, how to recycle more and waste less, and how future infrastructure should be paid for.

Download the first Assessment

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