ACE welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Department for Transport’s submission as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Transport infrastructure is vital to the UK’s economic prospects. Ensuring adequate investment will help to ensure that the UK capitalises on opportunities for growth in the current years.
However, in the current public finance climate, the focus must be on delivering greater value.
In the short term there should be a focus on achieving quick wins, i.e. those relatively small investments that deliver proportionately greater benefits.
There must also be a long-term strategic vision for transport networks.
Where economies are necessary, these should be delivered in such a way as to avoid damaging delivery capacity in the construction industry.