Unlock the UK’s infrastructure investment revolution

Driving investment in the UK’s infrastructure projects

Infrastructure will be key to both business and the government’s aspirations to build back better and level up. The pandemic has put the delivery of many infrastructure projects to a halt and left the future of major programmes uncertain. With public finances constrained, the private sector will have a key role in filling this investment gap.

The change we’re calling for

Finding new ways to finance infrastructure projects is critical if we want to drive regional prosperity and achieve a low-carbon economy. We’re calling for government to unlock private sector investment in UK infrastructure, and ultimately get more vital projects funded and delivered.

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    Explore existing and new finance delivery models for attracting private finance to UK infrastructure

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    Expand the role of the UK Infrastructure Bank to maximise private investment and tackle challenges with the current infrastructure pipeline

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    Put sustainability at the core of infrastructure projects to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction ambitions

Why invest in our future?

Significant uncertainty for the project pipeline

It’s clear that a substantial amount of investment is needed if we are to pave the way for these critical infrastructure projects to go ahead.

  • Of the projected £600bn infrastructure investment pipeline for the next ten years, half is forecast to come from the private sector

  • In the water sector alone, companies have invested more than £150bn in the last 30 years

  • The UK Infrastructure Bank's first £107m loan at South Bank Quay will provide opportunities for manufacturing, storage and mobilisation of wind technology

Our progress and impact

The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business, and help us campaign to keep infrastructure a focal point of the government agenda.

  • Have your say

    To ensure business can make its maximum contribution to the public sector delivery of public services and infrastructure, a fresh approach to contract management as well as finding new ways of financing and funding infrastructure are needed. Join the conversation.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's Policy Unit. Contact Kate Martincova, Infrastructure Finance Lead, to find out about the progress UK business urgently needs for infrastructure and how you can support it.