The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) provides the voice for those companies large and small who create, improve and maintain the UK’s vital transport and utility networks. Our membership of more than 300 companies together delivers an estimated 70-80 per cent of all infrastructure construction work carried out nationwide. Our industry supports the employment of around 200,000 people with annual activity worth up to £25 billion.
CECA has long been supportive of proposals to establish an independent infrastructure commission.
It has been demonstrated that where there has been increased certainty, civils contractors have had the confidence to invest in skills, equipment and innovation to deliver the expected workloads efficiently. CECA anticipates that a commission would be able to build on the certainty delivered by the last government through the National Infrastructure Plan and the Infrastructure Act to provide certainty for the long term.
It is imperative that contractors are able to maintain this confidence during the election period and that there is no tearing up of investment programmes in the early days of a new government as was seen in 2010.
In this vein, we hope that any transition to a new commission would recognise the effectiveness of Infrastructure UK and would not diminish it’s activities.
In our view a communications strategy accompanying the implementation of an independent commission must be clear and consistent and must first address the issues outlined above.
CECA is also keen to help deliver any new message and to provide guidance to the commission where we can. We hope that as the communications plan gets underway, both commission and the construction industry can work together to deliver long term certainty for infrastructure once and for all.