Richard Threlfall, KPMG UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction, responds to the ICE’s State of the Nation report:
“The report makes grim reading, forcing us all to confront the reality of the infrastructure deficit in our energy, flood defence and local transport systems.
“It is a challenge to all our political parties either to grasp the nettle now and invest for a 21st century society, or explain to voters why the standard of living we enjoy today may not be as good for our children.
“It represents a strong endorsement for Sir John’ Armitt’s proposed Infrastructure Commission, in its calls for an integrated national transport strategy, and prioritisation criteria between infrastructure schemes in the National Infrastructure Plan.
“The report also bravely provokes the idea that in future perhaps the UK cannot expect 100% infrastructure availability. Are we a nation that will accept electricity rationing, or regular closure of rail and road networks in the event of flooding?
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