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The shaky foundations of UK construction

The shaky foundations of UK construction

At the risk of stating the obvious, the quality of the UK’s infrastructure lags behind other advanced global economies. The World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness report ranks the UK 11th out of 140 nations for its infrastructure – perhaps not too demoralising. But this falls to 26th for road quality, 29th for road connectivity and 22nd for rail efficiency. With congested, pothole-ridden roads, delayed, overcrowded trains and still no superfast rural broadband, the UK is in desperate need of an upgrade. In the face of regional inequality, a housing shortage and climate change, to name but a few issues, it is not just a question of remedying historic underinvestment, but also ensuring high-quality, cost-effective infrastructure readies us for the future.

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