Business Polls Find UK Infrastructure Failing Them
Progress on improving the quality of UK infrastructure is falling says a new survey by manufacturers organisation EEF.
The poll revealed over 35% of those asked found the quality of the local road network failing within the last two years.
30% has experienced a falling quality in the motorway and strategic A-road network. This raises questions as 80% of those questioned said the road network was integral to their business operations with 3% saying rail is of equal importance.
What has been causing the deterioration of local road networks? The organisation believes it is the sum of wild fluctuations of budgets offered to local highways authorities which means town halls are more likely to pursue a more expensive police of reactive maintenance.
CBI deputy-director-general Katja Hall said: Progress on infrastructure has been a case of two steps forward and three steps back for far too long. While the policy environment has improved businesses still dont see upgrades to mission-critical parts of our infrastructure on the ground in practice and dont expect to anytime soon.
Were at a crossroads. The next government must build on the successful policies of this Parliament but we also need to see bold thinking and a renewal of the politics of infrastructure finding a new way to agree upon and then consistently deliver the improvements well need over the next fifty years not just the next five.
Now the EEF is calling on government to take action through Highways Agency reforms and guarantee funding for the future. They want a permanent UK Infrastructure Authority to take charge and for ministers to solve crucial problems surrounding road projects..
. Written by Phil Adams
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