Letter: Satisfying the public's infrastructure demands

There is a need to fill the information deficit that exists between the public and the infrastructure industry.

The Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA) survey found that while 73% of the UK agrees that investing in infrastructure is essential for its economic growth, 58% don’t think enough is being done to meet our infrastructure needs. When it comes to Britain’s housing supply and railway network in particular, the public feel there is significant room for improvement.

This report contrasts with the wealth of investment taking place to improve our infrastructure. Just this week, the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline promised around £600 billion of infrastructure investment over the next decade.

GIIA’s report points to an opportunity for the public to better understand the development going on around them. In other words, there is an information deficit.

Better public awareness of developments taking place means industry will have a broader societal license to operate, with more information and a greater understanding of how new infrastructure will directly benefit the public – the end customer.

Paul Moore is an Account Manager at Copper Consultancy.

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