The Chancellor’s plans to plunge £30billion into improving UK infrastructure have been criticised as part of a “piecemeal” Government strategy by engineers. It emerged over the weekend that George Osborne will present a spending package to improve schools, roads and power stations in his Autumn Statement, due later today.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the Chancellor’s new investment programme needs to be more integrated with a wider Government programme if it is to “resurrect” manufacturing from 11% of GDP to 20% by 2020.
Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport at Imeche said: “Currently government is introducing piecemeal initiatives rather than providing a joined up strategy. The majority of the investment projects identified today are UK road network projects. This does not move us closer to an integrated transport network which is in line with the government’s green ambitions of encouraging people onto the greenest mode of transport.”