New legislation to boost infrastructure

Posted: Tuesday 24th June 2014

The Infrastructure Bill introduces new measures to make it easier, quicker and simpler to get Britain building for the future.

The government has published new legislation designed to encourage investment in Britain’s infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Bill will help create stable long term funding for work on the country’s major road network ensuring smoother, quicker and quieter journeys and make it easier to sell surplus and redundant public sector land and property to help build more homes on brownfield land.

The legislation will also give local people the right to buy a stake in renewable energy projects, while cutting red tape for nationally significant infrastructure projects to boost investment.

Measures include:

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

Investment in infrastructure is central to the government’s long-term economic plan and that is why we are spending almost £73 billion over the period 2015 to 2021 on transport alone.

This bill will hugely boost Britain’s competitiveness in transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects.

These powerful new measures will drive investment, making it easier, quicker and simpler to get Britain building for the future.

The joint bill was published by the Department for Transport on behalf of the:

Its provisions have been developed following several reviews and extensive consultation.

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