The use of infrastructure systems – insights into the new normal

The purpose of this insights paper is to examine the impacts that the Covid-19 lockdown measures have had on infrastructure demand across the UK. Building on this analysis the paper also explores attitudes towards public life after the lockdown measures have been lifted in order that assumptions concerning future infrastructure demand can be made.

  • Updated: 20 May 2020
  • Author: Ben Goodwin, Lead Policy Manager

The paper supports the call for evidence that the ICE is running on behalf of the Infrastructure Client Group (and by extension the Construction Leadership Council) in order to identify how infrastructure delivery should be reinvented in the UK following Covid-19.

The paper provides insights into the following areas:

  • Infrastructure network use before Covid-19
  • The impact of Covid-19 lockdown measures on infrastructure demand and operations
  • Attitudes towards public life after lockdown and social distancing measures have been lifted
  • Potential impacts on planned major infrastructure programmes

The questions contained within the call for evidence are as follows:

  • Question 1: What other factors, or combination of factors, will determine attitudes to public life as we transition to a new normal?
  • Question 2: What other systemic changes, driven by lessons learned during the lockdown period, can we expect to be important as part of the new normal?
  • Question 3: Are our assumptions of the new priorities for infrastructure correct?
  • Question 4: What other changes to infrastructure provision will be needed and what assumptions sit behind that need?
  • Question 5: Have we made the correct assumptions on the changes in delivery that will be required, to deliver infrastructure as part of the new normal?
  • Question 6: What are the intermediate steps required to move us towards these new approaches to delivery?
  • Question 7: What other fundamental shifts are required to deliver concrete and long-lasting change in how we operationalise to deliver infrastructure to achieve societal requirements?

The call for evidence runs until 14 June. Representations can be made to [email protected].

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