Why we don't need a department for infrastructure

A few weeks ago Alex Jan, an economist at Arup, argued that the increase in local infrastructure projects merited a new department for infrastructure. While I agree with the sentiment that a national infrastructure plan requires a long-term focus and robust leadership, I disagree that a new government department would be the right approach. Instead, we need an arms-length organisation that can focus on bringing infrastructure schemes to market rather than becoming mired in policy and the endless publication of plans and updates.

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