National Infrastructure Strategy

Looking ahead to 2050

"Now we need to see a national long-term strategy and detailed plans for delivery – so that public and private sectors can work together to prepare the UK for the challenges and opportunities ahead." – Sir John Armitt, Chair of the NIS, 4 October 2020

In July 2018, the National Infrastructure Commission published the National Infrastructure Assessment, looking ahead to how the UK can deliver more sustainable, low-carbon and digital infrastructure by 2050.

Since the Assessment was published, Prime Ministers Theresa May and Boris Johnson have pledged the Conservative Government will respond to the Assessment with a National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS). The NIS is now proposed to be published following the one-year Spending Review this Autumn, 18 months after it was first promised.

The NIS will outline the Government’s priorities on decarbonisation, digital infrastructure, levelling-up & investment and strategic transport initiatives, including High Speed Two.

The plans follow the Government’s Green Industrial Revolution announcement on 18 November 2020, and sit alongside a new Energy White Paper, also proposed to be delivered this Autumn. As the Government formulates its plans for a post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the Prime Minister has already identified major infrastructure as a key pillar of fiscal growth and job creation. However, to implement a truly meaningful NIS, the Government will have to navigate political obstacles in the Conservative Party, Westminster and across devolved regions.

BECG will be monitoring, evaluating and participating in the conversation as the Government’s infrastructure vision takes shape. You can find our analysis, ideas and events around the NIS and wider UK infrastructure here.

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