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CBI outlines key needs for the National Infrastructure Commission

The CBI has published a new report outlining the top eight questions that must be addressed by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) if the organisation “is to be a turning point in the UK’s long-term infrastructure planning”.

According to the Plotting the Course report, the CBI believes it is also crucial that the NIC does not become slowed-down by politics and is focused on the issues which matter to those who rely on UK infrastructure.

The CBI has said that the report highlights the benefits of getting these priorities right and emphasises the potential of the NIC to enable delivery the projects required to meet future needs, without years of delay and false starts.

In a statement, the CBI said: “It emphasises that a long term approach would enable our infrastructure providers to establish robust supply chains, our contractors to map out the skills required, and our investors and planners to think innovatively on how we best deliver the infrastructure the UK will need.

“Businesses would like to see the NIC being ambitious, especially in its first year, emphasising that the commission must have independence over its agenda in order to grapple with the tough long-term decisions necessary, as well as the teeth to hold government to account over its recommendations.”

CBI’s wishlist for the National Infrastructure Commission

  1. How can we deliver new technologies, while keeping costs down?
  2. Will we be able to electrify heat and transport?
  3. How can digitalisation and high-speed technology help boost capacity across UK rail?
  4. What is the long term solution to roads funding in the UK?
  5. How to align the UK’s housing and infrastructure with future water supply?
  6. How to prepare for the future rollout of 5G?
  7. How can the UK ensure its flood defences will withstand extreme climate change events?
  8. How can the UK’s gateways grow our national connectivity?

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