Policy paper

National Infrastructure Plan 2013

The plan is published alongside the most forward-looking infrastructure pipeline to date, including more detail than ever before on the status of UK infrastructure projects.



For the first time the National Infrastructure Plan 2013 brings together analysis of the UK’s infrastructure needs across different sectors now and in the future. It articulates the government’s approach, sector by sector, to identifying and delivering the infrastructure that is needed – and the rationale for selecting each of the government’s Top 40 priority investments, providing more detail on the timing, funding and status of each.

The National Infrastructure Plan 2013 sets out new ways in which the government will drive delivery of the Top 40 investments, including a dedicated ‘hot-desk’ in Infrastructure UK where Top 40 project owners can raise issues of concern, special consideration in the planning regime and UK Guarantees Scheme. To contact the hot-desk, please email top40enquiries@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

The plan also sets out a new Major Infrastructure Tracking unit within Infrastructure UK which will allow it to track the progress of each Top 40 investment.

The plan is published alongside the most robust, forward-looking infrastructure pipeline to date, which includes more detail than ever before on the status of UK infrastructure projects.

Alongside the plan, the Department for Communities and Local Government has published a consultation reviewing the national infrastructure planning regime. Responses to the discussion paper should be sent to 2014review@communities.gsi.gov.uk by 24 January 2014.

Additional information

The pipeline is not a statement of need or a commitment to undertake any of the projects shown. It provides a strategic and more credible overview of the level of public and private infrastructure investment planned over the rest of this decade and beyond (though in sectors such as energy, ports and waste, the decision to go ahead with individual projects will be determined by the market).

The pipeline is based on unaudited administrative data and should not be considered as national statistics or as official statistics. The data is owned by departments, local authorities or companies that provided it. Anyone using the pipeline data does so at their own risk and no responsibility is accepted by HM Government for any loss or liability which may arise from such use directly or indirectly. In preparing and collating this National Infrastructure Plan Pipeline commercially sensitive information has been removed for reasons of confidentiality.

The government has today (31 March 2014) published a methodology note for the estimates of average annual infrastructure investment published in the National Infrastructure Plan 2013.

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