Responding to reports that the Government will delay publication of the National Infrastructure Strategy, Chris Richards, ICE Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said:
“Less than a month ago, the Government were set to publish a National Infrastructure Strategy alongside the Budget. While we recognise there is a new Chancellor and that naturally, he will want to review it, Britain has been waiting a long time for progress.
"The Chancellor has the benefit of having on his desk, both a draft Strategy and detailed expertise produced by the National Infrastructure Commission some 19 months ago. Next week's Budget statement should therefore set-out the specific sticking points holding back publication of the Strategy, outlining where further evidence is required.
“We also ask the Government to commit, quickly, to a publication date that they can deliver on. This will provide some certainty on when Britain will get the infrastructure strategy needed to achieve a more strategic and joined-up approach on issues from flood risk management to decarbonising energy networks."