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01/10/2013

Armitt calls for infrastructure commission

An independent commission must be launched to identify the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs, the former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority has recommended.

In a review of long-term infrastructure planning in the UK set up by by the Labour Party, Sir John Armitt said the commission should assess the country’s needs over a 25-30 year horizon. The commission should then monitor plans by government departments for each infrastructure sector, including specific projects.
 
The review found that successive government have failed to set strategic priorities for infrastructure based on clear projections of future needs. The Office for National Statistics forecasts that the UK’s population will grow by another 10 million to more than 73 million people by 2035.
 
Sir John said such a commission would also hold politicians to account to implement robust proposals for major schemes within clear timescales.
 
Read the review here

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