Majority of Britons ‘want better infra’

A new survey has suggested that the majority of Britons want more to be done to meet the country's infrastructure needs and are keen for greater efforts to be made to reach Net Zero.

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Research carried out by Ipsos on behalf of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA) found that less than a third (32%) of Britons are satisfied with the state of the country’s infrastructure, while over two thirds (70%) of Britons do not believe that the country’s infrastructure is sufficiently adapted to deal with climate change.

The survey asked 1,000 Britons for their views on the state of the UK’s infrastructure - and the results suggest Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s recent decisions to push back green infrastructure deadlines is out of step with what the public wants to see. 

British frustration with speed of delivery is especially noticeable in sectors such as EV charging, where just 32% are positive about the country’s current infrastructure.

“The message from this new research is clear: the public wants us to move further and faster in delivering infrastructure investment, especially when it comes to attaining Net Zero,” said GIIA chief executive Jon Phillips.

However, paying for infrastructure remains a difficult issue, with 38% agreeing that “public spending in Great Britain is already high and taxes and government borrowing should not be increased any more on improving infrastructure”. The survey also found that 66% of Britons agree that the cost of new investment should be spread fairly across current and future taxpayers.