The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has responded to the government’s announcement of the National Infrastructure Plan. The plan contains information on over £375bn of planned public and private sector infrastructure investment, and sets out investment for energy, transport, flood defence, waste, water and communications infrastructure up to 2030 and beyond.
Steve Bratt, ECA Group CEO, said: “This announcement is welcome news for UK plc. and the construction sector. We are heartened by the confirmation of a UK guarantee for the £1bn Northern Line extension, the continued investment in Network Rail and the investment in Midlands Main Line and in the construction of Ordsall Curve in Manchester. All of these projects will benefit industry, the economy and lives of the people who use them.
“Investment to kick-start shovel ready projects within construction like these will give the sector a much needed shot in the arm. In turn this will lay the foundations for a longer term recovery, as the benefits of construction investment – job creation, training and an increase in the availability of apprenticeship places – will be felt across the economy. Simply put, when Britain builds, Britain grows.”