Last weeks budget was a mixture of highs and lows for the UK’s infrastructure projects, though national projects will see a review with the Government focusing on increasing investment in national infrastructure.
However, local authorities had a 10% spending cut, which will result in local road maintenance plans being shelved.
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, Nick Baveystock, said: “The severe infrastructure investment cuts made in the 2010 spending review have begun to bite and are undermining the sector’s ability to stimulate growth or job creation, so we are encouraged to see a review with actual infrastructure investment at its heart. The increase in capital expenditure and funding certainty for key programmes appears to be positive news and could provide a platform for the industry to deliver on national needs more effectively.”
“The poor condition of many local roads is a drag on the economy and the reactive ‘quick fix’ approach to maintenance is costly. Local authorities must increase efficiency and make the transition to cost efficient, planned maintenance going forwards. But first and foremost, we need a focussed, joint central and local government programme to finally clear the backlog.”