Infrastructure

A £3m fund launched to improve infrastructure procurement

18/04/2019

A £3m fund has been made available for pilot projects that explore new approaches to procurement in housing and council-led infrastructure construction.

Unlocking low carbon finance

08/04/2019

Cllr Judith Blake explains what initiatives Leeds City Council is embracing to unlock low-carbon finance.

Has the Government ‘gone cold’ on the Northern Powerhouse?

02/04/2019

Neil Merrick talks to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry about the progress of developments in the North.

Grayling launches £200m pothole fund

01/04/2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200m for road maintenance and pothole repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Councils fear Swansea construction giant could be 'Welsh Carillion'

15/03/2019

Swansea-based construction giant Dawnus was today on the brink of collapse and expected to call in administrators Grant Thornton.

Calls to redirect £30bn Crossrail 2 investment into tackling poverty in outer London

12/03/2019

The £30bn investment for the proposed Crossrail 2 project linking north and south London should be switched to tackling poverty in the suburbs instead, campaigners have demanded.

Report warns of 'inextricable link' between homes and warehousing

05/03/2019

Local planners should take into account their role in the national logistics network when they are expanding their housing stock, a new report says.

Infrastructure funding must be tied to ‘clean air agenda’, think tank says

14/02/2019

Ministers must use the forthcoming spending review to tie funding for vital public infrastructure to the 'clean air agenda', according to think tank Localis.

Brokenshire announces £250m of housing deals

14/02/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has evoked the 'spirit of Britain's post-war push' to publicise the Government's housebuilding programme.

Johnson’s bridge proposals ‘vanity project’, public says

07/02/2019

The majority of British adults think Boris Johnson’s bridge proposals are ‘vanity projects’ and prefer investment into underground systems in major cities.

Majority supports new housing but only on brownfield sites, survey finds

01/02/2019

New research shows that the majority of people support the building of new homes but oppose developments being located on green field sites.

Infrastructure projects 'undermined' by lack of public engagement

28/01/2019

Future transport projects in London could be undermined if politicians fail to engage with the public, a major infrastructure firm has warned.

Councils take ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes

18/01/2019

Councils are increasingly adopting a ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes, an analysis of council response times to calls about road defects has found.

Homes England agrees £70m loan for new homes in Northamptonshire

15/01/2019

A £70m cash injection from Homes England will bring around 8,500 new homes and up to 3,000 jobs to Northamptonshire.

Whitehall announces £1.5m for Midlands digital map

14/01/2019

Local authorities across the Midlands will benefit from a new digital map which will identify the best investment and regeneration opportunities across the area.

Think tank calls for ‘major rethink’ of electric vehicles roll out

10/01/2019

The roll out of infrastructure for electric vehicles risks exacerbating the divide between rich and poor, creating ‘a tale of two cities’ in urban centres, a think tank has warned.

Sheffield CC compromises over controversial tree felling plans

14/12/2018

Sheffield CC has acknowledged the need for a new phased approach to street tree replacement as a result of the ongoing controversy over tree felling.

£160m Luton Airport terminal officially opens

14/12/2018

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling has officially opened London Luton Airport’s newly-upgraded terminal after a three-year transformation project.

Amey set to go private, report says

13/12/2018

Roads and services contractor Amey is set to be sold to a private equity firm in the New Year, it has been reported.

Northern Powerhouse needs ‘clear break’ with original vision, report says

05/12/2018

The Government should commit to a ‘whole North’ approach to development rather than just focusing on the Manchester region, think tank says.

Charity calls for overhaul of cycling network with ‘historic problems’

12/11/2018

A cycling charity has called for an ‘overhaul’ of the UK’s cycle network, a move they argue could help add nearly £8bn to the economy.

West Midlands to invest £43m in ‘congestion busting projects’

07/11/2018

Local leaders in the West Midlands will this Friday consider plans to invest £43m in projects designed to tackle the region’s congestion problems.

What does the Budget really mean for local authorities?

06/11/2018

Tiffany Cloynes and Joanna Phillips explore the key announcements in the Budget and how far extra funding will address the challenges faced by councils.

Budget 2018: £25bn for RIS2 but PFI ban could cost Highways England

30/10/2018

The chancellor has announced an immediate £420m cash boost for local authority highway maintenance budgets with millions more for local transport projects.

Sheffield CC tables proposal to end tree felling dispute

25/10/2018

Sheffield City Council has tabled a proposal to save 300 trees and ‘phase the work on others’ in an effort to end the long running dispute over tree felling.

Scrapping the Levy: Why we need a change in approach to CIL

25/10/2018

Research finds councils are not spending on local infrastructure. With such a complex fund raising system in place it's hardly surprising, argues Hannah Vickers of ACE.

Councils sitting on £443m of infrastructure funds

24/10/2018

Local authorities in England and Wales are sitting on £443m that should be invested in local infrastructure, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Survey reveals ‘concerns’ over road sign legislation

22/10/2018

The majority of those working in the road signs industry have concerns with the new legislation governing the designs and conditions of use for traffic signs.

Councils failing to plan for 'last mile' logistics, survey finds

18/10/2018

Only a small minority of local authorities have plans to support the 'last mile' stage of online shopping deliveries, according to a new report.

Local authority pension partners commits further £550m to infrastructure fund

09/10/2018

The local authority pension partners of GLIL Infrastructure LLP have doubled their pledge to the infrastructure fund, bringing the total they have invested to more than £1.8bn.

London’s councils awarded £47m funding boost for digital infrastructure

09/10/2018

London’s growth in business rates will be used to fund eight projects to improve the capital’s digital infrastructure.

Heathrow legal challenges to go to full hearing

05/10/2018

Courts of Justice today ruled that all six legal challenges brought against the decision in June to back a third runway at Heathrow can go to a full hearing.

Driverless vehicles could free up 80% of car parking land

26/09/2018

Driverless vehicles could lower need for private vehicle-use and free up thousands of hectares of land for development, according to consultants.

Gloucestershire appoints Ringway to deliver £245m infrastructure contract

25/09/2018

Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Ringway Infrastructure Services to deliver a new multi-million pound highways maintenance contract for the county.

County to borrow £120m for infrastructure improvements

19/09/2018

Oxfordshire County Council has approved plans to borrow £120m to repair roads and other council assets.

Oxford strikes £2.6m deal to maintain its own roads

07/09/2018

The two councils covering Oxford have struck a deal that will see the city council provide routine highway maintenance services on behalf of the county.

New service to help councils manage roadworks

03/09/2018

Local authorities will be able to accurately record and share data on roadworks, after the Government pledged to invest up to £10m in a new digital system.

Report warns of a 'two-speed' England

21/08/2018

Business leaders have warned of a ‘two-speed’ England unless the Government adopts a coherent approach to improving infrastructure.

Council pitches £375m light rail link to Heathrow

16/08/2018

A council near Heathrow has submitted proposals to ministers for a £375m light rail link to the expanding airport.

Vehicles begin data gathering ahead of 2019 passenger AV trial

15/08/2018

A UK company developing technology for driverless vehicles has started data gathering in two London boroughs as part of its plan to trial a shared driverless passenger service in London next year.

Plan submitted for 2,500 new homes in York city centre

15/08/2018

York Central Partnership has submitted plans to transform one of the UK's largest city centre brownfield sites, creating 6,500 new jobs and up to 2,500 new homes.

Councils pay out £2.1m in compensation to injured pedestrians

14/08/2018

Local authorities paid out more than £2m in compensation over the past year to pedestrians who have tripped on poorly maintained pavements.

Council proposes 10-point plan to tackle air pollution

08/08/2018

Oxford City Council has called on the Government to adopt a 10-point plan to tackle high air pollution levels which contribute to 40,000 deaths every year.

What does High Speed Rail really mean to you?

30/07/2018

Craig Wakeman, programme manager for the West Midlands Combined Authority’s HS2 Growth Delivery team, explains the real impacts HS2 will have.

Full fibre broadband to be ‘mandatory’ for new builds, Gov says

24/07/2018

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposal to make full fibre broadband for all new build homes mandatory.

Congested cities, circling cars, and the price of parking

23/07/2018

Anthony Eskinazi explores measures local authorities can introduce to combat emissions from cars - and the role that parking plays in this.

Councils seek judicial review of Heathrow runway decision

20/07/2018

London councils have notified the secretary of state for transport they will be seeking a judicial review of the decision to support third Heathrow runway.

Public finances perform better than expected

20/07/2018

Public finances continue to perform better than expectations, although total borrowing is up year-on-year even before the promised increase in health spending.

Pothole-related breakdowns hit ‘three-year high’

16/07/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more funding for local road maintenance as second quarter pothole-related breakdowns hit a three-year high.

UK can be run on 50% renewables by 2030, commission says

10/07/2018

Britain has a ‘golden opportunity’ to switch to renewable energy sources without increasing the cost to consumers, a national commission has revealed.

Whitehall publishes plan to boost take-up of ‘ultra low emission cars’

09/07/2018

The Government today announced that it wants at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 in an effort to tackle air pollution.

UK's infrastructure output increased by just £70 per person between 1997 and 2017

09/07/2018

Infrastructure output in the UK has only increased by £70 per person in the past two decades, new research has revealed.

The future of networking

27/06/2018

Is local government connected and ready for any situation?

Welsh councils slam Swansea lagoon decision

26/06/2018

A Government decision to reject plans for the world's first tidal power lagoon in Cardiff has been slammed by local politicians of all parties including the Conservatives.

Extra £8m HS2 funding for environmental projects

25/06/2018

A 'green corridor' will be created alongside the HS2 high-speed railway to create a network of environmental projects from the capital to the north of England, it has been announced.

MPs blast ‘unacceptable’ cost of PFI deals

20/06/2018

A damning report has warned the Government is unable to prove that Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts offer value for money for the taxpayer.

Taking accountability for the Private Finance Initiative

18/06/2018

Anne Stafford explains why the outcomes of PFI projects have failed to keep pace with expectations.

Councils urged to set up 'Energy Boards' to roll-out charging infrastructure

08/06/2018

Local authorities are been urged to set up ‘Energy Boards’ and appoint an electric vehicle champion in a new guide out today.

Council chiefs demand more powers to tackle problem lorry drivers

29/05/2018

Council leaders have demanded new powers to stop lorry drivers causing damage to roads by ignoring weight restrictions.

Councils need guidance to deliver electric vehicle infrastructure

25/05/2018

Electric vehicles have potential, but ensuring the infrastructure is available to support them is critical. Andy King, director of energy at Sweco, explains.

Housing developments should be more ‘transport-oriented’, planners say

10/05/2018

Planners have called on the Government to focus more on transport-oriented housing developments as study reveals only half of new housing is built within 2km of a train station.

Go with Gigabit

03/05/2018

Richard Watts explains how local authorities can take the initiative to install Gigabit fibre and roll out high-speed services at a regional level.

Council chiefs call for ‘real investment’ to fix local roads

23/04/2018

Local authority leaders have called for ‘real investment’ into local roads as new research reveals drivers spent one million years on the road in 2016.

Potholes ‘cutting off’ rural communities, insurer warns

16/04/2018

The deteriorating rural road network is in danger of cutting off countryside communities, rural insurer warns.

Manchester’s CityVerve project

11/04/2018

Delegates at The MJ Future Forum North event heard about a city-wide Internet of Things innovation by BT and partners, which will transform the public realm. Professor John Davies explains the benefits for Manchester, as a testbed city.

Calls for cycling and walking policies to be joined with Clean Air Plans

26/03/2018

Local authorities should place health practitioners in transport and planning teams to help integrate cycling and walking infrastructure, a new report has argued.

Conversion reforms will ‘heap’ pressure on local areas, council chiefs warn

21/03/2018

Local authority leaders have warned forthcoming plans to change the laws governing the conversion of agricultural buildings will ‘heap more pressure’ on local infrastructure.

Electric vehicle charging points to quadruple in London next year

19/03/2018

London boroughs are set to deliver another 2,630 charging points in the next financial year, an increase of over 300%, according to a new survey.

Hammond opens bids for £840m transport pot

13/03/2018

In his Spring Statement, chancellor Philip Hammond opened bidding on the remaining £840m from the Transforming Cities Fund for improving transport in English cities, boosted skills funding and pledged a consultation on cuts to VED for businesses that buy cleaner vans.

Potholes kill or injure hundreds of cyclists, figures reveal

08/03/2018

Nearly 400 cyclists have been killed or maimed over the last decade due to poorly maintained local roads, new figures reveal.

Planning guidance for shire councils ‘toothless instrument’

05/03/2018

A coalition of organisations has written to Sajid Javid to urge him to strengthen cooperation on housing and infrastructure between local government tiers.

Edinburgh most attractive city for inward investment says report

20/02/2018

Investment potential shifts away from the South East as structural weaknesses around housing and infrastructure threaten UK’s most established centres, report says.

Seven south Essex councils form 'association'

05/02/2018

Seven councils in south Essex have taken the ‘momentous’ decision to form an association to give the region a national voice.

More than 100 councils to share £866m housing fund

01/02/2018

The first wave of the £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund has been allocated to 133 council-led projects in England to deliver up to 200,000 new homes.

Pothole progress thwarted by underfunding, RAC warns

26/01/2018

The country has ‘gone backwards’ in terms of pothole progress, the RAC says as it warns poor weather will make the situation worse in the coming months.

Councillors to kick-start joint plans with London mayor

26/01/2018

More than 100 council leaders and councillors from the south-east and east of England will today meet London mayor Sadiq Khan to kick-start joint plans.

Transport spending disproportionately benefits London, research reveals

24/01/2018

Transport investment in London is five times more per capita than in Yorkshire, the Humber or the North East despite Government claims, new figures reveal.

London and neighbours need to ‘step up’ collaboration

24/01/2018

London and its neighbours need ‘greater collaboration’ across borders in order to respond to the housing crisis and other challenges, think tank says.

Northern transport plan promises £100bn boost for region

17/01/2018

Northern leaders today published their draft strategic transport plan which aims to ‘transform’ transport and close the economic gap between North and South.

Council pension schemes purchase shares in Anglian Water

19/12/2017

Five council pension schemes have acquired, along with a separate company, a 15% share in Anglian Water (AWG).

Government commits £46m to fix potholes

15/12/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed nearly £50m to fixing potholes as part of a multi-million pound investment aimed at improving England’s roads.

Whitehall infrastructure plans could save £15bn

06/12/2017

The Government estimates new plans published today to improve the country’s infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity could save up to £15bn.

Whitehall should tell more ‘coherent story’ about infrastructure investment, report says

27/11/2017

More than half of people in the UK rank housing as the most important investment priority for the country, infrastructure specialists say.

Budget 2017: Housing Revenue Account cap lifted for some

22/11/2017

The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech today.

Budget 2017: Transport and infrastructure get productivity cash boost

22/11/2017

The chancellor has announced that he is extending the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to boost transport and infrastructure.

City regions get £1.7bn funding boost to transform transport

20/11/2017

Prime minister Theresa May was today announcing major new government backing for UK research and development in industry and transport between cities.

Lord Adonis calls for 'ground-breaking' deal for economic growth

17/11/2017

Council leaders have welcomed plans for a major development in the area between Oxford and Cambridge which is estimated could add hundreds of billions of pounds to the national economy.

£2.8bn announced in one quarter to support innovative cities

09/11/2017

Nearly £3bn of funding was announced this quarter to support investments in housing, air quality improvements, mobility technologies, and other developments, a new quarterly report today reveals.

Glasgow set to make £150m thanks to investment in digital infrastructure

07/11/2017

Scotland’s largest city is likely to ‘reap benefits’ worth £150m thanks to the millions the Government has invested into the city’s digital infrastructure and open data.

Councils should not take on 'large procurement projects'

06/11/2017

Former convenor of Edinburgh council’s transport committee has said councils should not take on large public procurement projects like the city’s tram network.

Developers not prioritising walking access, council officers warn

24/10/2017

The majority of local authorities in England wish to prioritise access to walking infrastructure, but only half feel that developers share this view.

Council faces £50,000 bill after car show damages road

20/10/2017

A Yorkshire council has been landed with a repair bill of over £50,000 after a car show damaged a newly resurfaced road.

Spend rising fuel and motoring taxes on local roads, say council leaders

16/10/2017

Council chiefs have urged the Government to spend the over £400m extra raised each year through rising fuel and motoring taxes on improving local roads.

Northern Powerhouse gets £400m funding boost

02/10/2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce an extra £400m for the north of England at the Conservative Party conference today.

‘Sense of place’ crucial for life sciences sector deal, says think tank

30/08/2017

A ‘sense of place’ must inform the Government’s new life sciences sector deal, says think tank.

Didcot Garden Town gets £6.2m funding boost

10/08/2017

Oxfordshire has been given a £6.2m funding boost from the Government to help unlock 15,000 new homes and improvements to local transport in Didcot Garden Town.

The road to a smart city

08/08/2017

Paul Haddlesey sets out why local authorities should ensure street lighting infrastructure can adapt to future data input needs.

Government awards councils £75m road improvement cash

02/08/2017

The Government has announced 19 road improvement projects across the country will receive a share of £75m.

London-centric policies have left North underfunded by billions, think tank says

25/07/2017

A think tank has slammed successive Governments for leaving the North underfunded compared to London in what they describe as a ‘national scandal’.

South East calls for infrastructure investment

24/07/2017

Councils in the south east are calling on the Government to provide more infrastructure investment after figures suggest the region is falling behind London.

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