CBI calls for infrastructure boost

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has demanded the government boosts local transport and infrastructure in the coming spending review.

The spending review was set to be presented by Chancellor Sajid Javid today.

The projects specifically targeted by the CBI include Crossrail, Northern Powerhouse Rail, and HS2. It also wants full fibre internet connection for the last 10% of homes and businesses and to drive the green economy – for example rapid charge points for the change to electric vehicles on the road network.

CBI chief economist Rain Newton-Smith, said: “For three years, Brexit has consumed everything on the political agenda, leaving much needed reforms and progress on domestic policy stuck on the side lines.

“The UK has the very best potential to become a high skilled, innovative, well-connected and sustainable nation fit to face the opportunities and challenges of the twenty-first century. The Spending Review is the time to put down the markers to make this happen, and put an end to inaction and inertia.”

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