The latest digital edition of Infrastructure Intelligence highlights the growing impatience of the industry over the government's promises and warm words about their construction and infrastructure plans, says Andy Walker in his latest editor's comment.
There’s very much a theme of getting things done in this issue as we reflect on two big announcements from the government – the latest budget and the new net zero strategy.
In a year where we have seen much talk about the importance of infrastructure from Boris Johnson and his government, there is a sense that our industry is becoming just a little tired of all the warm words and wants, no absolutely needs, to see some real tangible delivery of major projects and the plans to achieve net zero.
Delivery of those plans will mean real work for our industry, but it will also mean that the government can start delivering on its levelling up promises that are political priorities if it is to maintain the seats it won for the first time at the last general election. There is big pressure building on the government to turn words into action on a number of fronts.
Of course, words are cheap, but the real hard yards come in making things happen on the ground. The government needs to reach out to our industry like never before because making things happen on its much-vaunted ‘Build, Build, Build plans and its net zero ambitions can only be realised by the construction and infrastructure sector being actively engaged.
As always, the last 12 months have flown by. I wish all our readers a safe and relaxing festive season when it finally arrives and let’s look forward to 2022 being a year of delivery for our industry.
Andy Walker is the editor of Infrastructure Intelligence.