ICE West Midlands has launched its manifesto for infrastructure in the region ahead of the Mayoral election.
The case for continued investment in infrastructure across the West Midlands has been set out in a manifesto published today.
It outlines how investment in the region’s transport, energy, water, wastewater, flood risk management, waste management and skills would not just be for the benefit of industry and the economy, but for the benefit of society as a whole.
ICE West Midlands understands that in order to achieve the region’s net zero carbon target of 2041, an unprecedented transformation of infrastructure across the West Midlands will be required.
It highlights a need for continued collaboration between the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Government to expedite infrastructure delivery, particularly where pan-regional, innovative solutions or funding is required.
It puts a particular emphasis on the need for continuous investment in new and existing infrastructure assets, while highlighting the importance of the transition to a net zero carbon economy. This, the report says, can only be achieved with uninterrupted investment in the next generation of civil engineers and upskilling the existing workforce. It outlines the importance of progressing the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) in order to develop a pipeline of infrastructure projects with timelines to meet the needs of the region.
Jo Barnett, ICE East and West Midlands Regional Director, said:
“Living standards would be far lower without essential infrastructure and this manifesto provides clear recommendations on what needs to be done to achieve the net-zero target, whilst at the same time, creating infrastructure in the region which improves the quality of life in local communities.”
The report’s recommendations cover transport, energy, water, wastewater, flood risk management, waste management and skills
The manifesto has been sent to the West Midlands Mayoral candidates from all political parties ahead of the local elections.