Britpave: The British In-Situ Concrete Paving Association

Budget Should Focus on Delivery of Infrastructure Promises

Britpave, the transport infrastructure group, has called upon the Chancellor to use his forthcoming Budget to focus on addressing the transport needs of the UK in particular to ensure the delivery of the infrastructure programme outlined in his Autumn Statement.

Investment in efficient and well-maintained transport infrastructure is key for economic growth. Yet the UK’s infrastructure is languishing at 28 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14 behind Malaysia at 25 and Barbados at 24. Crucially, the UK trails well behind its European business competitors with France ranked 6th, German 9th and Spain 12th.

“The UK’s transport infrastructure is increasingly being viewed as a barrier to business investment and economic growth,” said James Charlesworth, Britpave Chairman. “The Chancellor George Osborne must use his March budget to ensure delivery of the infrastructure programme outlined in his Autumn Statement.”

In the Autumn Statement, presented to Parliament last December, Mr Osborne confirmed a programme of infrastructure projects totalling over £375 billion up to 2030 and beyond as part of a National Infrastructure Plan. An Infrastructure Pipeline of projects was published alongside the Plan to provide an overview of planned and potential UK infrastructure investment.

“The National Infrastructure Plan and Pipeline provide a much needed vision for infrastructure. Now the Chancellor needs to expand on the detail of specific projects provide a robust delivery plan. His Budget on March 19th provides the platform for not only confirmation of the Government’s commitment to infrastructure investment but also for a real plan of delivery,” said Charlesworth.