Developing the infrastructure for growth
A strong infrastructure is essential to growth, but our transport, housing and energy systems are creaking. Action is needed to invest in high-quality, affordable infrastructure that boosts the economy
Reliable transport, secure energy, resilient water and waste services, high-speed broadband: these are all critical factors for the success of UK firms. A well-functioning and sustainable housing market is also crucial to the nation's long-term economic health.
But much of our infrastructure is not up to scratch. Public under-investment and an unfavourable environment for sustained private investment means we face challenges in all areas. £310bn of investment is needed by 2015 to rectify this situation: two thirds of this will need to come from the private sector.
That requires government to work with business to incentivise the market to provide the funding and ideas needed, and a rethink of we engage the public in making long-term choices. Our 2013 Infrastructure Survey shows that business is concerned that the good ideas the government has put forward are at risk from inaction.
Making the public case for infrastructure
2013 Infrastructure survey
Find out how business views progress made on improving the UK's infrastructure
A networked country
It is essential that UK businesses and communities can connect to the world through an effective, fast broadband network
Integrating the transport network
Our roads and railways are the arteries of the economy, pumping trade and growth around the country. They must operate effectively.
Increasing our airport capacity
The UK's airports connect people and businesses with the world. Increasing their capacity will boost economic growth.
Plentiful, reliable energy
To grow and remain competitive, businesses need access to reliable and cost-effective supplies of energy from a diverse range of sources
Investing in infrastructure
£250bn or more of investment is needed to upgrade the UK’s infrastructure. Over two-thirds of this will need to come from private investment
Major infrastructure planning
It is essential that big projects are delivered through an effective planning system
Infrastructure drives growth
Our infographic shows how investment in infrastructure creates new wealth right across the UK
Infrastructure and growth
CBI director general on the link between infrastructure, growth and jobs
Political uncertainty holding back transformational progress on infrastructure – CBI/URS
Despite promising improvements to infrastructure policy during this Parliament, political uncertainty means the UK is still some way off delivering the transformational upgrades the country needs, according to the latest CBI/URS Infrastructure Survey
CBI comments on Higgins HS2 Phase 2 Report
The CBI commented on a report for HS2 Phase 2 by Sir David Higgins
UK must have single hub airport
Having a single UK hub with spare capacity to add new routes is critical to the UK’s long-term sustainable growth, according to a new CBI report.
Boosting airport capacity where it matters most
CBI comments on London Finance Commission report
The CBI commented on the London Finance Commission’s report, one year on from the Raising the capital report
Increasing air links doesn't mean neglecting our environmental obligations
Action is needed to boost the UK’s air links and put growth on a sustainable long-term footing, but these decisions do not have to come at the expense of environmental commitments, according to a new CBI report
CBI comments on Labour Party Policy Forum's proposals on railways
The CBI commented on the Labour Party Policy Forum’s proposals on railways
CBI responds to Ed Miliband speech to inclusive prosperity conference
The CBI today responded to Labour Leader, Ed Miliband’s speech to the Inclusive Prosperity Conference
CBI responds to Rail Delivery Group data on railway performance
The CBI today responded to new figures produced by KPMG for the Rail Delivery Group on railway performance