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.
The CBI's infrastructure campaign brings together investors, operators and users of infrastructure from across the UK to address this challenge and support investment in a modern and comprehensive economic 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
CBI comments on Queen's Speech
'Business needs delivery on the ground not time-consuming new bills that will have little or no impact before 2015'
CBI comments on London Assembly report on airport capacity
CBI says London Assembly is right to argue for existing airports space should be maximised - but warns we cannot bury our heads in the sand on building new hub capacity in the long-term
CBI comments on Public Accounts Committee infrastructure report
The CBI today (Monday) commented on the Public Accounts Committee report Planning for Economic Infrastructure
Oil and gas strategy vital to industry's long-term survival - CBI
OIl and gas remains champion sectors for the UK - but it cannot rest on its laurels, warns the CBI. The Government's strategy is the first step to giving the sector long-term certainty to reach its full potential.
New rail franchising programme vital to investment and confidence - CBI
CBI says it is right that ministers are now getting a grip on the franchise system - but warns it would be hard for franchising to survive another high-profile failure like the West Coast Mainline fiasco
Budget 2013: Full CBI reaction
'The CBI was clear this Budget needed to deliver a good dose of business and consumer confidence, while being necessarily fiscally neutral'
Chancellor must 'stick to his guns' on deficit reduction but deliver on infrastructure - CBI
Chancellor must 'stick to his guns' on deficit reduction, but 'supercharge' the delivery of infrastructure to drive growth, CBI Director-General John Cridland says
John Cridland speech to Home Builders Federation
The CBI's director-general reiterated his pre-Budget message to the chancellor that housing and planning as a key driver of economic growth in the UK economy
Budget 2013: CBI calls for another boost for the housing market
The CBI is urging the Chancellor to use the Budget to boost the housing market to build confidence among businesses and consumers
Infographic: How flights drive trade