Dan Lewis, Senior Adviser on Infrastructure Policy at the IoD and Chief Executive of Future Energy strategies and the Economic Policy Centre reviews the outlook for UK infrastructure investment.
Key points: Over the next 15 years Britain may well face a rolling series of major infrastructure shocks.
• The barriers to infrastructure growth are the same as they always have been – financial and political.
• The policy landscape for private sector investment is mired in pre-credit crunch optimism of legislate, sit back and watch it happen, anticipating large private investors will willingly haemorrhage money for us.
• Faced with political inertia stymying investment, some have come to believe that the only solution is to create an independent national infrastructure body.
• Infrastructure does not do well at delivering shovel-ready jobs as a fiscal stimulus: the procurement and planning processes can take years before ground is broken, by which time the economy has usually recovered.Read the report here