National Infrastructure Assessment

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

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

To start the process the Commission published a Baseline Report in November 2021 which summarises the current performance of key infrastructure sectors. Use the buttons above to click through and read the Baseline Report and access the separate annexes for each sector.

The Baseline Report uses this data, alongside social research, to establish the main priorities the Commission intends to explore in the next Assessment.

These studies will focus on three key strategic outcomes:

  • reaching net zero
  • reducing environmental impacts and adapting to a changing climate
  • supporting levelling up.

The Commission has launched a Call for Evidence on the study topics, to inform its scoping and research phase. The closing date for submissions is 4 February 2022.

It will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the analysis phase and plans to hold both virtual and physical events to discuss its emerging work.

The final Assessment report and recommendations to government will be published in the second half of 2023.

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In this short video, our Chair Sir John Armitt and Commissioners Andy Green and Sadie Morgan explain what the Baseline Report is and how stakeholders can get involved by answering the questions in the Call for Evidence in the report and helping inform the Commission’s work.

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NIA 2 Updates

Baseline Report

Second National Infrastructure Assessment: Baseline Report

This report will help the Commission prepare for the next Assessment by surveying the current state of the digital, energy, flood resilience, water and wastewater, waste and transport sectors.

Read the Baseline Report

Latest Updates

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Advice note on nuclear power plant deployment

19 Nov 2021
We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Transport & Local Growth

We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Transport & Local Growth

Effective transport planning is essential for improving connectivity within, and between, towns and cities and supporting opportunities for economic growth and the development of places that offer a good quality of life for the people that live and work in them. The successful candidate for this role in our policy team will be experienced in...

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Commission pinpoints strategic gaps in infrastructure planning ahead of next landmark national assessment
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Commission pinpoints strategic gaps in infrastructure planning ahead of next landmark national assessment

The National Infrastructure Commission has announced the topics that will sit at the heart of its next major assessment of the UK’s long term infrastructure priorities, to be published in 2023, following analysis of the current performance of key sectors. The priorities will include identifying the infrastructure needed for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage...

15 Nov 2021 By
Second National Infrastructure Assessment: Baseline Report
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Second National Infrastructure Assessment: Baseline Report

Our analysis of the performance of key infrastructure sectors which will inform the work leading to the UK's second National Infrastructure Assessment

15 Nov 2021
James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband

James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband

The following remarks were shared by the Commission’s Chief Executive James Heath at a WEETF eForum event on 2 November on the theme of ‘Delivering Gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband’.  “I should start off by declaring an interest. Before I joined the National Infrastructure Commission, I worked at DCMS and was involved in designing the government’s broadband...

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The impact of infrastructure on quality of life – literature review

23 Aug 2021
Infrastructure, done differently
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Infrastructure, done differently

9 Jul 2021
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Adverse weather scenarios for future electricity system: long duration events

28 Jun 2021
James Richardson speech to WEETF event on the hydrogen economy
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James Richardson speech to WEETF event on the hydrogen economy

The following remarks were given by our Chief Economist James Richardson at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum event on Creating the hydrogen economy, which took place earlier today. “Hydrogen seems to inspire equal parts optimism and scepticism. Perhaps that’s only to be expected from a new technology. But I thought it would be...

26 May 2021 By
Timeline for second National Infrastructure Assessment announced
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Timeline for second National Infrastructure Assessment announced

The UK’s second National Infrastructure Assessment will be published in the second half of 2023 and consultation and analysis to inform its recommendations will commence this autumn, the National Infrastructure Commission has confirmed. The Commission’s Corporate Plan for the next three years, published today, sets out the process it will follow to develop a comprehensive...

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Characterising adverse weather for the UK electricity system

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Adverse weather scenarios for renewable energy system testing

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Weather and climate change risks in a highly renewable UK energy system
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Weather and climate change risks in a highly renewable UK energy system

2 Jul 2019
Property value uplift tool
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Property value uplift tool

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Measuring infrastructure performance
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Measuring infrastructure performance

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