Ian Liddell, Managing Director, Planning & Advisory at WSP responds to the National Infrastructure Assessment

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“Today’s National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) offers an effective blueprint for future infrastructure investment.  The NIA recognises the need for infrastructure to adapt to meet future challenges such as population growth and climate change.  The NIA provides a long-term strategy for doing so, identifying priorities for delivering future ready infrastructure that is reliable and resilient for tomorrow’s climate, society, technology and resources.


We believe that infrastructure, including digital and transport connectivity, is an enabler for economic growth.  We welcome the emphasis on good design and decision making to save money, reduce risks, add value, deliver more projects on time, and create infrastructure that looks good and works well for everyone.


Clarity, prioritisation and a long term plan are regular asks from business. From skills, to housing, industrial policy and devolution, every sector looks to Government to set the long term vision, especially in the context of Brexit.  And credit should be given where it is due. With the Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Plan, and the 25 Year Environment plan, Whitehall had responded. The missing link was an ambitious, prioritised and deliverable plan for infrastructure. The NIA delivers just that. Building on ‘Congestion, Capacity, Carbon’, it does so in a truly progressive way: focusing on the end goals people can relate to such as sustainable economic growth, competitiveness and an improved quality of life.


This is a first of its kind approach, which WSP fully endorses. We especially welcome the emphasis on a consultative approach to delivery and the Commission’s view that infrastructure delivery depends on the availability and development of the right skills. 


WSP looks forward to working with the NIC and other stakeholders in ensuring Government turns this plan into reality, by focusing minds on delivery. The work starts now.”




For further information please contact Katie Brown on katie.brown@wsp.com, 07899776923 


Notes to editors


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With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.