The National Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been published, which brings together all of the government’s infrastructure priorities over the next five years.
It outlines parliament’s plans to support large-scale housing and regeneration, as well as investment in new local schools, hospitals and prisons.
The plan follows the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission in October overseen by chancellor George Osborne which was created to invest in British infrastructure including the rail and electricity networks.
Following its creation, the chancellor announced his intention to sell off some major public assets to contribute to the £100bn he has earmarked for infrastructure investment by 2020 including £15bn committed to road projects last year.
The government said that more of this investment is now being targeted to bring benefits to the local economy and community. The plan also highlights the government’s commitment to build a Northern Powerhouse, by connecting up the great towns and cities of the North.
The new plan incorporates the latest version of the ‘National infrastructure Pipeline’ which highlights over £425bn worth of planned investment in over 600 major projects and programmes across the UK to 2020-21 and beyond.
The plan also sets out £58bn of public investment for housing and regeneration, education, health and justice.
Chief executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Tony Meggs said: “This plan sets out details of infrastructure investment by government and the private sector across all sectors and regions.
“It describes not only what we are going to build, but also how we will prioritise investment and work with industry to improve delivery.”
The government said that since 2010 around 3,000 individual infrastructure projects have been completed across the UK including major new road improvements and local transport schemes, improvements to rail stations and more than 20GW of new electricity generating capacity.
“The National Infrastructure Plan has evolved steadily since 2010, and this new iteration of the plan and pipeline builds on the progress made, improving visibility for the supply chain and investor community,” said Nick Baveystock, director general of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
“The shift in focus to delivery over five years sets a fresh tone – one of ‘spades in the ground’ – and we welcome the recognition that this must be complemented by a vision for the longer term.
“This brings to the fore the role of the National Infrastructure Commission in setting out the UK’s priorities up to 2050, and the importance of a robust needs assessment to underpin the vision.”
Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has welcomed the ‘certainty’ that the new plan brings to the supply chain but wanted a more concrete stance on expansion of the UK’s air capacity.
“With each iteration of the National Infrastructure Plan, the UK's ability to manage national infrastructure delivery pushes the boundaries of world class delivery,” he said.
“The delivery plan now provides some operational certainty about priorities that ensures critical UK supply chains can gear up for implementation.
“If this delivery plan is about building confidence in government decision-making, the commitment to a response on the Airports Commission recommendation will be a key test. The UK really does need to get on with delivering what is needed to support Britain's exporters with their ambitions.”