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CIHT: Is infrastructure a budget priority?

CIHT welcomes the 2013 Budget’s acknowledgement that infrastructure is a key economic policy priority. Investment in a fully functioning transport infrastructure is essential to underpinning a successful economy and has been at the forefront of CIHT’s vision for a prosperous economic future for the UK.

Sue Percy said:

“CIHT welcomes the budget's recognition that infrastructure investment is a driver of economic growth. Transport infrastructure is vital to the whole spectrum of society. The additional investment will create jobs and support economic recovery. The Chancellor should continue to seek opportunities for more infrastructure investment to generate even greater benefits."

“CIHT have consistently called for a cross-part long term strategy for the development of the UK’s transport infrastructure. We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that more independent expertise will be used to shape infrastructure strategy and would welcome the opportunity to represent our industry.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Alongside the 2013 Budget, there has been an update of the National Infrastructure Plan that details the current programme of works.

CIHT will be reviewing this update in due course and providing comment on what it & the budget mean for the highways & transportation industry.

Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation

CIHT is a membership organisation representing over 12,000 people who work in the highways and transportation sector.

CIHT members plan, design, build, operate and maintain best-in-class transport systems and infrastructure, whilst respecting the imperatives of improving safety, ensuring economic competitiveness and minimising environmental impact.

CIHT supports its member’s professional endeavours by:
• offering training, information, professional development and support
• promoting the value added to society by the profession
• being the focused voice to Governments and other decision makers on transportation expertise and knowledge.

For more information please contact:

Daniel Isichei, Director of Communications
t: +44 (0) 20 7336 1567 m: 07912122573 e: Daniel.Isichei@ciht.org.uk

www.ciht.org.uk

Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
119 Britannia Walk, London N1 7JE

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