Many of us rely on roads, railways and runways each year to head off on summer holidays at home or abroad.
Transport networks should keep the economy moving, driving growth and productivity. But with delays and disruption over the summer, transport has been back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This weighs heavily not only on quality of life, but on regional economies, of which infrastructure is, quite simply, the lifeblood.
Poor infrastructure is taking a toll on national performance, and on the UK's national reputation. After decades of under-investment, the quality of transport has fallen far behind that of the UK's competitors. Even though the government is now investing record amounts to catch up – and has committed to developing major projects such as HS2 and the new runway at Heathrow – the World Economic Forum ranks the UK 27th in the world for the quality of our infrastructure. That’s b