The latest Global Infrastructure Index survey reveals more than half of Brits don’t believe enough is being done to meet infrastructure needs.
Conducted by Ipsos MORI, and in partnership with the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), the Global Infrastructure Index survey canvassed people in 29 countries worldwide, which included Britain.
It reveals scepticism from the British public in terms of whether or not enough work is being undertaken to meet the infrastructure needs on these shores.
According to the Global Infrastructure Index survey findings, 73% of Brits believe that investment in infrastructure is vital for the economic growth in the future.
However, more than half of respondents (58%) don’t think enough is being done to meet infrastructure needs.
Ratings were collected for 10 infrastructure sectors including local road network, rail infrastructure and airports.
The latter was the best performing in the survey, with 67% of Britons satisfied with the investment in infrastructure in that area.
For rail infrastructure however, this plummets to 33%, which is disconcerting.
Indeed, Britain is one of the lowest-ranked countries when compared with others who responded to the survey – only South Africa, Italy, Colombia, Hungary, Brazil, Serbia and Romania rank lower.
Hopefully, the record investment that has been confirmed for Control Period 6 (CP6) will allay some of these fears in future.
Ben Marshall is the Research Director at Ipsos MORI. He said there is greater appetite for investment in infrastructure in Britain.
He said: “Last year, rail infrastructure overtook housing as the new top infrastructure priority for Britons.
“It remains there this year with local road network catching up (with new housing supply also in joint second place).
“Infrastructure has something of an image problem – here as elsewhere.
“In the public’s eyes there is a role for greater equity in directing investment and there is scope to reduce a perceived democratic deficit.
“But we continue to see an appetite for more to be done, and more to be invested in infrastructure.”