The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a consultation to gather views as part of its new study into the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure network.
The study, commissioned by Chancellor Philip Hammond, will examine what actions the Government should take to ensure that the UK’s infrastructure can cope with future changes, disruptions, shocks and accidents – from increased risks of flooding due to climate change, to ever-increasing dependencies on digital technologies.
Responses to today’s consultation will help inform the development of a new framework to consider resilience across economic infrastructure, which will then be used during development of the next National Infrastructure Assessment.
Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said:
“Whether it’s how we get to work, how we heat and light our homes or how we keep in touch with friends and family, our infrastructure services have become increasingly sophisticated and increasingly interdependent.
“Our latest study will examine how best to ensure that our infrastructure systems are fit for managing shocks or disruptions they might face.
“We want to hear from those across the public and private sectors, and researchers, about the priorities and the questions that the framework we’re developing should seek to address, and the barriers to developing resilient infrastructure that our study should seek to overcome.”
The resilience study consultation will run until 1 April 2019.