UK 'needs to show infra benefits'

Infrastructure experts have suggested that the industry must improve in showing the benefits of infrastructure to the public.

"The industry should shout about the benefits of infrastructure investment," Colin Wood, chief executive for EMEA civil infrastructure at Aecom, told delegates at the Westminster Energy Environment and Transport Forum.

"Getting citizens to support projects is critical. Communication from all of us is key."

Nick Prior, partner at Deloitte, agreed, adding that the political involvement will never go away and it is important to raise infrastructure up the agenda.

"We have got to raise the agenda of infrastructure in this country," he said. "Australia, Canada and the US have managed to raise the profile of infrastructure up the political agenda. Showing the benefits is critical."