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
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
CBI responds to Bank of England Inflation Report
The CBI responded to the Bank of England’s November Inflation Report
CBI responds to David Cameron’s speech to its Annual Conference
'Business was keen to hear the Prime Minister argue the case on HS2 based on capacity and connectivity, and welcomed his clear assurance on managing costs'
CBI responds to Mayor of London speech to its Annual Conference
The CBI today responded to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s speech to its Annual Conference
CBI responds to Government UK Guarantees Scheme update
The CBI responded to an update announcement on the UK Guarantees Scheme by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander
CBI/EC Harris unveil blueprint for delivery of next generation of UK towns and cities
The CBI and EC Harris today unveiled a package of measures for the public and private sectors to work together to unlock local growth, overhaul business rates and rejuvenate the UK’s towns and cities