State of the Nation 2014: Yorkshire and Humber

Yorkshire and Humber’s infrastructure requires prompt policy focus and increased investment to rectify current deficiencies and make it fit for the future. Progress since our 2010 report has been mixed, with some important networks suffering greater uncertainty and deterioration.

Humber bridge
Humber bridge

Yorkshire and Humber’s 5.3 million people contribute almost £100 billion (7%) to the UK economy each year. The region contains vital national transport and energy infrastructure and two of the most important city regions. Interdependent transport, energy, water, flooding and waste infrastructure and services are essential to modern societies. Our networks face many challenges common to other areas of the UK: 

  • lack of capacity and resilience at critical times
  • inadequate policy, planning and governance frameworks
  • historic under-investment and uncertain future prospects
  • the need to reduce harmful emissions.

ICE believes more and better infrastructure investment could facilitate improvements in economic growth, quality of life and the environment. Unlocking this potential requires clearer strategic thinking and decision-making, but there is a real danger that there will be insufficient skilled engineers and technicians to deliver, if urgent action isn’t taken to attract and retain suitable people in the industry.

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