Britpave: The British In-Situ Concrete Paving Association

BRITPAVE response to Autumn Statement

24th November 2016

BRITPAVE response to Autumn Statement

Britpave, the infrastructure group, has welcomed the focus placed on infrastructure investment by today’s Autumn Statement. “If Britain is to be really open for business then it must have a modern infrastructure to serve it. The number and range of announcements in today’s Autumn Statement that are focused on infrastructure are welcomed,” said Joe Quirke, Chairman of Britpave. However he warned: “There must also be a focus on delivery.”
Key welcomed announcements include:

• A new National Productivity Investment Fund of £23 billion to be spent on innovation and infrastructure over the next five years.
• Borrowing powers for regions to finance new regional infrastructure projects to encourage a rebalanced economy.
• An additional £1.1 billion investment in local transport networks
• £220 million to reduce traffic pinch points
• £110 million for East West Rail and commitment to deliver Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
• Over £1 billion for digital infrastructure and 100% business rates relief on new fibre infrastructure

What was not welcomed was there being no mention of further investment in training and apprenticeships in the UK construction industry to address the chronic skills shortages being faced.

“We have the acknowledgements recognising the need for infrastructure investment and the announcements prioritising this investment. What we need now is a real commitment to deliver,” said Quirke.