Infrastructure

Calls to ring-fence funding for ‘social plumbing’

13/05/2021

The Government should spend 25% of its ‘levelling up’ funding on public spaces such as parks and playgrounds to help revive ‘left behind towns’, a new report has argued.

Building a public EV charging network

05/05/2021

Cecilia Routledge looks at the seven key things that local authorities need to consider when installing EV chargepoints.

Westminster first UK council to install 1,000 EV charge points

28/04/2021

Westminster City Council is the first local authority in the UK to install more than 1,000 electric vehicle charge points.

Bigger phone masts under planning proposals

20/04/2021

Mobile companies will be allowed to make masts bigger in a bid to eliminate mobile signal blindspots by the Government.

Hammersmith Bridge could reopen as ‘double-decker crossing’

23/03/2021

Hammersmith Bridge could potentially reopen for pedestrians and cyclists next summer as a temporary double-decker crossing, the London borough has announced.

Why data must unite UK Infrastructure Bank and Levelling Up Fund

08/03/2021

Dr Nicola M Headlam explains why a data-led approach is absolutely vital for local government to avoid spending billions on white elephants.

Budget 2021: Leeds wins bank as infrastructure cash goes North

03/03/2021

The new National Infrastructure Bank will be based in Leeds, the chancellor revealed alongside other Budget announcements badged under the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda.

The future of rental in local government

03/03/2021

LocalGov found out how the regional and local COVID-19 testing centres were able to be built in just 12 hours.

Plan could double economic output of Oxford-Cambridge Arc to £200bn, minister says

18/02/2021

The Government has announced a ‘spatial framework’ plan aimed at transforming the economic and cultural potential of the area stretching between Oxford and Cambridge.

NIC calls for 'priority cities' to be given £30bn by 2040

17/02/2021

The Government should identify 'priority cities' and set aside £30bn for a pipeline of infrastructure projects by 2040 as part of an expansion of devolution, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has urged.

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory

15/02/2021

The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

Government's EV charging plans 'won't be enough', report argues

02/02/2021

The UK needs to install public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints five times faster than the current rate at an estimated cost of between £5bn and £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Councils urged to bid for extended electric vehicle chargepoints funding

02/02/2021

Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £20m funding to help increase the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority sets out plans for mass transit system

28/01/2021

Residents of West Yorkshire have been asked to give their views on plans for a new transport network that aims to connect the region’s communities to jobs, education and opportunities.

Report sets out need for new digital operating model

21/01/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater power and support to help the Government hit connectivity targets, a report has argued today.

Councils plan to install 35 on-street EV chargers each by 2025

20/01/2021

Councils are planning on installing just 35 on-street electric vehicle chargers each by 2025 on average, an investigation has revealed.

Jenrick announces £830m high street investment

04/01/2021

The Government has announced that millions of pounds of funding will be invested in 72 areas across England as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Coventry named best for EV infrastructure for mainland UK

16/12/2020

Coventry City Council provides the most electric car chargers in mainland Britain, according to new research.

Sunak unveils a Spending Review for jobs, public services and infrastructure

25/11/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £4bn levelling up fund as part of a Spending Review which he claimed offered ‘huge investment’ in jobs, public services and infrastructure.

Spending Review: Infrastructure gets pride of place

25/11/2020

The chancellor Rishi Sunak used to the 2020 Spending Review to launch a new strategy for UK infrastructure, supported by an infrastructure bank and a place-based 'levelling up' fund.

Sunak to re-write Green Book to level up the North

23/11/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce plans to re-write the Green Book in the spending review this week, as part of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.

DfT warns of conditions on £175m active travel cash

13/11/2020

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced councils' allocations for the £175m second tranche of the Active Travel Fund.

Just one in six councils have on-street EV charge points, research finds

13/11/2020

Only one in six councils in England have installed on-street EV charge points, an investigation has revealed.

Watchdog warns 2025 target for superfast broadband will be 'challenging'

16/10/2020

Rural and remote areas have been left behind in plans to rollout superfast broadband, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Government 'likely' to miss full fibre broadband 2025 target

07/10/2020

A Government promise to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed unless ministers make radical changes to telecoms policy, think tank warns.

New review into UK’s transport connections

05/10/2020

An independent review into transport connections across the UK has been launched by the prime minister.

Faster rollout of 5G could boost economy by £41bn, says think tank

01/10/2020

Delays to the rollout of 5G could cost the country tens of billions, a think tank has warned today.

Government announces £2m to encourage children to cycle and walk

28/09/2020

The Government has announced it will be making £2m available to help encourage children to walk or cycle to school.

Tackle health and economic inequalities at local level, economists say

21/09/2020

A group of leading economists says that the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda should focus more on devolution and health and economic inequalities, and not just on big infrastructure projects.

Highways England to invest £9m in EV ‘try before you buy’ scheme

09/09/2020

Highways England has announced that it is investing over £9m in a local government electric vehicle (EV) ‘try before you buy’ scheme as part of World EV day.

Private finance can drive ‘infrastructure revolution’, says CBI

08/09/2020

Private sector investment can be a major driver of the UK’s ‘infrastructure revolution’, according to business representatives.

Northern leaders announce £5bn infrastructure plans

12/08/2020

Business and civic leaders across the North have called on the Government to back plans for a £5bn pipeline of infrastructure projects which they say could create up to 20,000 jobs.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

Winners of £900m for shovel ready schemes are announced

04/08/2020

Ministers have announced the 300 schemes that will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund and confirmed £360m for mayoral combined authorities to fund homes on brownfield land.

Major projects must be more responsive to local need, MPs argue

28/07/2020

Hundreds of billions spent on new infrastructure projects could be ‘squandered’ without better co-ordination of local projects, MPs have warned.

Johnson launches planning reforms to help 'build, build, build'

30/06/2020

Boris Johnson is expected to bring forward £5bn of investment in hospitals, roads and schools later today.

Pension ‘superfunds’ could aid post-Covid recovery, think tank says

15/06/2020

Pension ‘superfunds’ should be created to invest in infrastructure as part of Britain’s post-Covid recovery, a think tank has argued.

Infrastructure could be left in a worse condition when PFI ends, watchdog warns

05/06/2020

Infrastructure could return to the public sector in an 'unsatisfactory condition' when PFI contracts come to an end, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Majority of pavements are too narrow for social distancing, analysis reveals

05/06/2020

A new map has revealed that 70% of pavements are not wide enough for social distancing.

Homes England agrees deals worth £300m

04/06/2020

Homes England has agreed three funding packages worth £300m to deliver 20,000 homes across the capital.

Commission warns infrastructure must prepare for future challenges

28/05/2020

Climate change and extreme weather conditions could test the future resilience of the UK's infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission.

London council launches ‘Electric Avenue, W9’

17/03/2020

Westminster CC has joined Siemens in order to deliver the UK’s first avenue that has been fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle charging points.

Leaving nothing to chance

12/03/2020

The ‘levelling-up’ Budget is era-defining and ambitious in scope – but we will have to wait until the summer Spending Review to understand the blueprint, says Localis’s Jonathan Werran.

Budget 2020: 'Record’ £5bn broadband investment for hardest to reach areas

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced in the Budget a ‘record’ £5bn investment to get gigabit-capable broadband into the hardest to reach parts of the UK.

First electric forecourt in a £1bn network to open this summer

11/03/2020

The first electric charging forecourt in a network of 100 similar sites is set to open this summer with the support of Braintree Council and Essex Council.

Over £30bn annual investment needed to reach net zero by 2050

09/03/2020

An estimated £33bn of investment is needed every year for the next three decades if the Government is to meet its carbon emissions target of net zero by 2050.

Government signs £1bn deal to end ‘patchy’ phone coverage

09/03/2020

Ministers and bosses from mobile network operators will meet today to sign a £1bn deal aimed at ending ‘poor and patchy’ rural phone coverage.

Council chiefs call for ‘stable, devolved’ infrastructure budgets

06/03/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to provide all councils with ‘stable, devolved infrastructure and public transport budgets.’

Flybe collapse hits council-owned airports

05/03/2020

The airline entered administration this morning, leading to the grounding of all flights.

Devolve power to mayor’s office to deliver ‘green investment’ for London, report says

04/03/2020

A study has called for the devolution of power to mayor of London’s office and the creation of a ‘taskforce’ to deliver investment London needs to decarbonise.

TV presenter launches legal challenge against ‘vanity project’ HS2

04/03/2020

The TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham has launched a legal challenge against HS2 in order to stop the ‘largest deforestation project’ since WWI.

Council chiefs warn of ‘chronic need’ for bridge repair funding

02/03/2020

Local leaders have said there is a ‘chronic need’ for investment in local roads in response to a report on the number of substandard road bridges in Britain.

Councils awarded share of £93m fund to repair potholes

02/03/2020

Local authorities are to be awarded a share of a multi-million pound funding pot to repair roads and bridges, the Government has announced.

Councils spend average of £2 per head on cycling infrastructure, study reveals

26/02/2020

Local authorities have spent on average just £2 per head of population per year on cycling infrastructure over the last ten years, new research reveals.

Flood infrastructure funding increased by only £3m over decade

26/02/2020

Central Government funding for existing flood infrastructure has only increased by £3m over the last decade, according to a new analysis.

Short-term approach to funding urban transport networks ‘inefficient’

12/02/2020

A transport group has warned that the ‘excessive reliance’ on short-term competition funding for transforming urban transport networks is ‘inefficient’.

More streetlight chargers only part of the answer

11/02/2020

Despite funding for on-street chargepoints doubling for 2021, Kevin Pugh argues more streetlight chargers is not the universal panacea to the charging infrastructure shortage.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ consultation on post-Brexit trade checks

11/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure that port authorities have the resources and capacities needed to carry out checks on EU goods.

Auditors call for ‘clarity’ of privately financed contracts

29/01/2020

Auditors in Scotland have called for ‘more clarity’ when it comes to financing public infrastructure projects.

Leeds council launches electric vehicle trial

24/01/2020

Leeds City Council has launched a new scheme giving businesses, organisations and charities in West Yorkshire the opportunity to drive electric vans free of charge for up to two months.

Funding doubles for residential charge points

21/01/2020

Funding for on-street charge points has been doubled to help end the ‘postcode lottery’ for the uptake of electric vehicles.

County motorists 'poor relation' to major cities

13/01/2020

Shire county authorities are failing to receive a ‘fair share’ of funding for roads with London receiving three times higher investment, new analysis has found today.

LGPS: Unlocking infrastructure

10/01/2020

Pension funds can play an important role backing useful projects such as railway infrastructure, water companies and green energy. Mark Whitehead met a man whose organisation invests local government pensions constructively.

Digging Up Britain

06/01/2020

Richard Broome discusses the recent Digging Up Britain 2019 report and draws on its findings to assess how vulnerable local government infrastructure is to strikes during excavation.

HS2 based on false prospectus, Berkeley claims

06/01/2020

HS2 will cost at least £107bn to complete and its business case is based on unrealistic claims about how many trains could run on the new line, according to the former deputy chair of the Government’s review into the scheme.

Welsh government commits £74m to ‘green transport network’

19/12/2019

The Welsh government has committed to investing £74m into initiatives aimed at building a ‘clean, green transport network’.

In a nutshell: What the election result means for local government

13/12/2019

With the Conservative party securing its biggest majority since the 1980s, what does this mean for local government?

London councils lack strategies and budget to rollout 5G, research finds

10/12/2019

Most London councils do not have a strategy in place to rollout 5G networks, a new investigation has revealed.

Tories promise cash boost for infrastructure and skills

25/11/2019

A Conservative Government would deliver record investments in infrastructure, childcare and skills, according to the party’s manifesto.

Electric car charging 'league table' published

04/11/2019

More than 100 local authorities have fewer than 10 public electric vehicle charging devices per 100,000 population, a new league table has revealed.

Whitehall announces £16.4m to ‘boost’ town centres

01/11/2019

Selected local authorities will receive a share of £16.4m to help them access a fund aimed at boosting town centres and improving infrastructure, Whitehall has announced.

Chancellor announces £250m ‘infrastructure revolution’

01/11/2019

More than £250m in funding will be made available to provide infrastructure for thousands of homes, the chancellor has said, in a move condemned as a pre-election ‘publicity stunt’.

London businesses support devolving housing powers to councils

31/10/2019

Businesses in London have urged Whitehall to give local authorities more power to deliver infrastructure and housing in their communities.

Councils urged to make case for private capital investment

29/10/2019

A new guide has been published to help councils attract private and foreign investment into local areas.

UK lagging behind on health care infrastructure spending

24/10/2019

The UK is spending ‘significantly’ less on health care infrastructure compared to other countries in the EU, new research has revealed today.

Smart Cities: The critical importance of private sector finance

22/10/2019

Gary Thompson explains why investing in smart cities will require smart finance to overcome tightening public budgets.

Green number plates considered for electric cars

22/10/2019

The Government is considering introducing green licence plates to help councils identify and incentivise the drivers of the cleanest cars.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall unveils major infrastructure and rail plans

14/10/2019

The Queen's Speech pledges infrastructure strategy, aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

New road schemes get funding boost

01/10/2019

The Government has announced £100m investment in 18 road schemes to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and speed up journeys to work.

Javid promises devolution White Paper

30/09/2019

A new White Paper to more powers to local areas was announced in the Chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today.

Councils urged to apply for £120,000 local road fund

17/09/2019

Local authorities are today being urged to apply for a new grant fund aimed at improving the safety of local roads.

Treasury 'wasting money' in funding of local government

17/09/2019

The Treasury is wasting money in its funding of local government and needs to have a more place-based focus, according to a report from the respected Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.

Whitehall announces £400m for rapid charging points

10/09/2019

The Government has launched a £400m fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles.

Spending Round 19: Javid promises an 'infrastructure revolution'

04/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid used his first Sending Round to call for an 'infrastructure revolution' and promise a national strategy by 'the autumn'.

Council leaders calls for green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

03/09/2019

Council leaders have joined a new campaign to ensure the Government goes ahead with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

Northern leaders to review controversial HS2 scheme

27/08/2019

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership will hold a review into HS2 to ensure the North is ‘properly heard’ in the Government-commissioned review of the scheme.

TfN submits £700m proposals for National Roads Fund

21/08/2019

Transport for the North has submitted £700m bids to the National Roads Fund, including 12 schemes for the major road network and four for large local majors.

London set for three times more transport investment than North

19/08/2019

London is in line for almost three times more transport investment per person than the North of England, according to IPPR North.

Javid announces £600m housing infrastructure winners

19/08/2019

Five councils will share £600m of Government funding to support the delivery of up to 50,000 new homes in high demand areas.

Council chiefs call for billions to fix North’s ‘creaking infrastructure’

15/08/2019

Leaders from across the North have today called on the Government to commit to multi-billion pound infrastructure pledges that would boost the region’s economic fortunes.

Council proposes £120m scheme to upgrade Liverpool’s ‘flawed’ junction

15/08/2019

Liverpool City Council has submitted proposals to the Government outlining its plans to radically redesign one of the city’s major junctions as part of a wider bid to boost transport in the North.

Council pauses Hereford bypass schemes

12/08/2019

Herefordshire County Council has announced it will pause the Hereford bypass and Southern link road schemes to review other options available.

Funding doubled for on-street electric car charging

12/08/2019

Local authorities will have access to an extra £2.5m to install chargepoints on residential streets.

Combined authority launches West Yorkshire’s ‘largest’ electric vehicle charging network

05/08/2019

The first of 88 chargepoints will go live this week in what is set to be West Yorkshire’s largest electric vehicle rapid-charging network.

Liverpool submits £230m ‘Green City Deal’

30/07/2019

The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a proposal to the new prime minister for a £230m Green City Deal to tackle climate change and boost the economy.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

Cardiff to invest £1bn in new transport system

05/07/2019

Cardiff Council has announced a £1bn plan to overhaul the Welsh capital’s transport system to prevent it from ‘grinding to a halt’.

Northern Powerhouse: The first five years

01/07/2019

The Northern Powerhouse has celebrated its fifth birthday. But what is it, and what has it achieved? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Ending exclusivity agreements

01/07/2019

Paul Ceely explains how council street furniture can be opened up to accelerate the roll-out of 5G.

Birmingham to invest £778m to prepare for Commonwealth Games

26/06/2019

Birmingham is set to invest £778m to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Government has confirmed.

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