EEF’s 2017 Infrastructure Appraisal, published today, shows that policy makers have been taking action to improve infrastructure over the last two years, notably with the creation of a National Infrastructure Commission.
Despite this, our survey of manufacturers shows that the perceived quality of core networks – roads and energy supply – has declined in quality over the same period.
This follows our survey from 2014 which showed a similar decline in quality across major networks.
Our appraisal sets out areas where the government must maintain progress to reverse this trend, including:
Backing the Roads Fund with legislation to give certainty on future funding for the strategic road network
Designing the full-fibre voucher scheme to maximise geographic coverage and ensure businesses have access to world class digital infrastructure
Delivering the roadmap to minimising business energy costs to make UK manufacturing more competitive
Driving the creation of sub-national transport bodies for all of England to ensure a more strategic approach to managing locally managed A-roads
Expediting progress on the Aviation National Policy Statement to deliver a third runway at Heathrow
The Government can’t afford to take its eye off the ball and focus all its efforts on Brexit when there are core business priorities that need to be addressed now. Government must use the Autumn Budget later this year, to provide progress in each of these areas.
The 2017 Infrastructure Appraisal can be downloaded here.