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Responses to the interim National Infrastructure Assessment

Organisations respond to the interim National Infrastructure Assessment

Federation of Small Businesses:

“This is an important moment setting out long-term priorities to improve the UK’s infrastructure, which is vital for small businesses to be able to compete and grow.

“Small firms are hugely reliant on a well-maintained and integrated transport network allowing them to easily reach current and potential customers and their suppliers. These needs will only grow in future, further highlighting the need for continuing investment.

“The transition towards a distributed, low-carbon energy system poses enormous challenges for the UK electricity and gas networks. It requires careful planning to ensure the cost of this expensive and extensive infrastructure investment is shared out fairly amongst tax and bill payers. Almost 10 per cent of small businesses generate their own electricity, but a wider roll-out of renewable energy and electric vehicles can’t happen without significant progress in improving our energy network.”

Mike Cherry, National Chairman

Institution of Civil Engineers:

“The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) was created to take an independent, evidence-led and long-term strategic view of the UK’s future infrastructure needs. Such an approach is key to enabling the most effective planning and delivery of our infrastructure networks.

“The interim report builds on the work the Institution for Civil Engineers (ICE) began with the National Needs Assessment (NNA), which we published last year. This was the blueprint for the NIC’s work and we’re pleased to see they have continued the approach of trying to break down siloed decision-making.

“We will continue to work closely with the NIC as they develop the full National Infrastructure Assessment in 2018.”

Director General Nick Baveystock

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