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.