The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) have published Covid-19 and the new normal for infrastructure systems – next steps, a White Paper to drive the reinvention of infrastructure delivery.
The paper emphasises the need for a long-term green strategy for an infrastructure-led recovery from Covid-19, starting with investment in fibre, 5G, cycling and walking.
The paper recommends a series of steps to maximise the value of infrastructure investment and ensure challenges such as decarbonisation, regional inequalities and economy-wide productivity are tackled.
The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP) was among 100 organisations and stakeholders to respond to a Green Paper consultation in May 2020. This evidence has fed into the White Paper’s key findings and recommendations.
Peter Kydd, SWIP Chair, said: “The Covid crisis has redefined the context of work and people’s behaviour with huge implications for the future shape of infrastructure systems and delivery. This White Paper is an important resource for setting out the challenges and the next steps for government and decision makers. We welcome the key recommendations, and in particular, the recognition that reinvention needs to be linked to a long-term green agenda.”
SWIP’s consultation response is available here.