UK infrastructure investment to reach record high

05 Dec 2016


Pipeline setting out over £500 billion worth of infrastructure investment published.

  • Government releases details of its £500 billion-plus infrastructure investment pipeline
  • Pipeline includes major projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the rollout of smart meters, and upgrading the A14
  • Providing a single source of data for both government and the private sector, giving greater certainty for investors and suppliers

The government has today published a new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, setting out over £500 billion worth of planned private and public investment over this Parliament and beyond with more than 40% of the pipeline being delivered thanks to government investment.

The pipeline which is being published by the government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority, comes hot on the heels of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announcement of the new £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund.

This new fund includes infrastructure investments of over £2.6 billion to improve transport networks; a multi-million pound package to accelerate the future of broadband, and £7.2 billion to support the construction of new homes.

The NPIF will boost our productivity in the long-term – which is critical to help raise living standards and wages – while also improving living standards in the short-term by making passenger journeys quicker and more reliable, improving broadband connections, and building more homes.

If the UK raised its productivity by one percentage point every year, within a decade it would add £240 billion to the size of the economy; £9,000 for every household in Britain.

Investing in better infrastructure is at the heart of the government’s ambitious plans to close the UK’s productivity gap.

Today’s pipeline is the largest and most comprehensive ever, with private finance making up more than half of the pipeline to 2020/21, and will help deliver important local projects across the country including transport, broadband, flood defence, and housing.

The government has also today published a new funding and finance supplement to help attract further private sector investment into some of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects.

This record planned investment sends a clear signal that government is working successfully with private investors to unlock the vital infrastructure that modern Britain needs.

It also provides a single source of data for both government and the private sector, giving greater certainty for investors and the supply chain and helping to better forecast future skills.

The new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline contains:

  • over £500 billion of planned investment, with over £300 billion of this to be invested by 2020/21
  • over 720 projects and programmes across transport, housing and digital to fire up the nation’s infrastructure
  • around 20 new schemes have been added to the pipeline since March 2016, including the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke said:

This record infrastructure pipeline is set to make a real difference to people’s lives from quicker and easier journeys, to better broadband access, and building more homes for people who need them in high demand areas.

It is clear proof that we are absolutely committed to ensure our infrastructure is fit for the future, which is at the heart of our ambitious plans to close the UK’s productivity gap and build a fair economy for everyone.

It builds on our strong record of delivering the modern infrastructure this country needs for the twenty-first century.

Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), Tony Meggs:

Creating the IPA has enabled us to produce a more comprehensive pipeline. Having the visibility and certainty of a pipeline of construction and infrastructure investment allows industry to invest strategically for the market, not just tactically for the project.

We will continue this comprehensive approach, working with industry to deliver the pipeline.

It is an important step in the IPA’s mission to deliver important infrastructure projects successfully, so we can raise people’s living standards, boost our productivity and grow our economy.

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA):

If the UK infrastructure sector is to plan for the investment in skills and innovation that will be required to deliver world-class infrastructure in the coming years, it is vital that companies are able to strategically allocate funding on a basis of projected need.

The pipeline is a crucial tool that enables companies to plan ahead and deliver optimal outcomes for clients, taxpayers, and communities.

Nick Baveystock, Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE):

Infrastructure services enable balanced economic growth and thriving communities.

This updated National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline sets out the value of infrastructure to the economy and provides long term visibility to industry.

ICE welcomes the government’s commitment to infrastructure delivery and a more strategic approach to addressing the UK’s infrastructure needs.

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The merger of these two pipelines delivers on a pledge made in the IPA’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan which set out the government’s plans to support the delivery of housing, and social and economic infrastructure.

It will enable Britain to better plan for future skills and resource needs, increase market confidence, and support industry to invest and allocate resources effectively.