Yesterday shadow chancellor Ed Balls announced that the Labour Party would introduce an independent national commission responsible for identifying Britain’s long-term infrastructure needs:
In response, Mark Naysmith, UK managing director of WSP welcomed the announcement saying:
“Cross-party support is crucial if we are going to create and sustain the modern infrastructure our growing economy and population needs. Therefore it’s good to see further alignment of thinking across industry and politicians on this issue of creating an independent body.
“We see merit in this argument because industry needs reassurance that our long-term infrastructure programme, outlined in the National Infrastructure Plan, will be delivered. However we must be cautious about causing further uncertainty through the creation of new bodies – only absolute clarity on the direction of policy can create a stable platform for well-thought out and sustainable infrastructure projects.”