Budget boost for connectivity, productivity and infrastructure

With its spending commitments for the north and Midlands, emerging technologies and focus on technical education, the Budget is good news for civil engineering says Director General Nick Baveystock.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, Nick Baveystock, said:

"Improving connectivity throughout the UK will drive productivity and balanced economic growth, so the transport spending announcements of £90m for the North and £23m for the Midlands are very positive developments.

"Considered alongside the Modern Industrial Strategy and Digital Strategy, this Budget shows a strong desire to position the UK as a leading global economy, now and in the post-Brexit future. The Chancellor is right to focus on the UK's productivity and in recognising the critical role of infrastructure to meet that challenge. While the Autumn Statement outlined infrastructure investment priorities, the spring Budget now focuses on building the necessary skills and technology to deliver them.

"We are pleased to see further detail on the allocation of the National Productivity Investment Fund with commitments to emerging technologies, 5G and fibre broadband, critical for the UK's economic growth and future prosperity. We also look forward to more detail on technical education reform, including the new T-Levels."

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 91,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.