This programme looks at why the UK performs poorly on infrastructure compared to other leading countries - and what can be done to improve this.

Infrastructure – energy, transport, utilities and digital communication – is the backbone of a successful modern economy. Well-designed infrastructure projects have long-term economic benefits, contributing to economic growth and productivity.

To gain these benefits, investment must be undertaken wisely. Choosing the wrong projects can lead to delays, waste and low marginal returns. Infrastructure is one of the most acute examples of the failures of our policy making system. The Government recognises this, hence reforms such as the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Our reports look at the following questions: 

  • What’s wrong with infrastructure decision making?
  • How to value infrastructure
  • How to pick the best infrastructure finance option
  • How to get the best private finance deal for infrastructure
  • How to improve engagement and leadership for an effective infrastructure strategy in the UK 

This programme of work is funded by the Project Management Institute

For its work on the infrastructure programme, the Institute for Government won the award for best UK economic think tank at Prospect’s 2018 Think Tank Awards. 

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