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Armitt challenges government to commit to building a future infrastructure fit for a post-Brexit Britain

Tuesday May 14th, 2019

National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this autumn’s Spending Review to commit to a once-in-a-generation transformation of the UK’s transport, energy and technology networks.Philip Hammond

In a letter to the Chancellor, Sir John lays down four key tests by which the Commission will judge the credibility of the government’s National Infrastructure Strategy, which is expected to be announced at the autumn Spending Review.

The Commission published the country’s first National Infrastructure Assessment last year, a series of detailed recommendations as to how the government should develop the UK’s energy, transport, water and technology networks over the next thirty years. The government is required to consider the proposals and formally respond with its own strategy.

Sir John warned:

“Building the right infrastructure for the mid-21st century will help Britain shape a new national and global identity. One built on optimism and confidence.

“The government must not deliver a weak strategy that pays only lip service to our recommendations. We don’t want to hear vague promises and a restatement of existing commitments.”

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