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.
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
Making the public case
The UK needs to invest in its infrastructure. To do this successfully we need to make a strong public case for change
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
Budget should promote investment and exports to rebalance economy
The CBI’s Budget Submission calls on the Chancellor to prioritise measures to boost business investment and trade. The UK’s leading business group expects robust growth this year and next but warned of the need to rebalance away from consumption to secure a sustainable recovery
Don’t leave generation rent behind – CBI
A generation of renters could be left behind as the housing debate focuses on home ownership
CBI responds to Chancellor's speech on the economy
The CBI responded to a speech by the Chancellor, George Osborne, setting out the Government’s long-term economic plan
John Cridland speech to Sustainable Energy event
'Whichever way you look at it, we’re going to need investment in a balanced energy portfolio if we are to ensure a secure, low-carbon and affordable system for the future'
CBI welcomes Small Business Saturday and comments on SME Strategy
The CBI commented on the publication on the Government’s Small Business Strategy and welcomed Small Business Saturday
CBI comments on National Infrastructure Plan
The CBI commented on the Fourth National Infrastructure Plan
CBI responds to Treasury infrastructure announcement
The CBI responded to an announcement by HM Treasury ahead of the launch of the Fourth National Infrastructure Plan
CBI responds to publication of HS2 Hybrid Bill
The CBI responded to the publication of the HS2 Hybrid Bill
CBI responds to Mayor and TfL Tube announcement
The CBI responded to an announcement by the Mayor of London and Transport for London setting out future plans for the Tube system
Engineering the London Underground
Discover more about the Underground's history and the challenges that generations of civil engineers have overcome to deliver the network we see today