General Election 2017 Manifesto Comparison Infrastructure
What are the key pledges of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in relation to infrastructure policy?
Confirmation of 23bn National Productivity Investment Fund (announced 2016), taking total spend on housing, economic infrastructure and R&D to 170bn in next parliament.
Future Britain (sovereign wealth) Funds to be created, using revenue from shale gas extraction and from surplus public assets, and with participation by pension funds to be encouraged.
National Transformation Fund to invest 250bn over 10 years.
National Investment Bank to be created to leverage private capital finance in order to deliver the National Transformation Fund.
100bn for housing and infrastructure.
British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to be created, using initial public capital of 5bn to leverage private investment.
National Infrastructure Commission
Local growth supported through combined authorities, mayoralties and local enterprise partnerships, responsible for co-ordinating local industrial strategy.
Where possible, growth funding to be delivered through these organisations. Local enterprise partnerships to be given greater weight by backing in law.
NIC to report on roll-out of ultrafast broadband, and the upgrading of the national cycle network.
Investment to be targeted on local and regional economies, so that every area gets its fair share of transport investment.
National Investment Bank to support a network of regional development banks.
NIC to be directed to take full account of environmental implications of all national infrastructure decisions.
Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine initiatives to continue.
Transport for the North strategy to be implemented.
Decision-making over key levers of economic development to be devolved, including transport and housing.
Current investment programme to be maintained.
Private companies looking to invest in UK infrastructure, including rail networks, to be subject to greater scrutiny.
Rail franchises to revert to public ownership on expiry.
Electrification and expansion to be delivered across the whole country.
New Brighton mainline to be developed, along with new Oxford-Cambridge transport arc.
New rail franchises to have stronger customer focus, with investment in new stations, lines and trains. Public sector and staff/passenger groups to be allowed to bid for new franchises. Government to take over Southern Rail and GoVia Thameslink.
Electrification and station improvements to be delivered, and some smaller stations to be re-opened.
East West Rail, linking Oxford and Cambridge, to be completed.
Northern Rail Link (E/W)
Current investment programme to be maintained.
South East Airport
Heathrow expansion supported.
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General commitment to improvements. Specifically, A1 North, the Severn Bridge and the A30 to receive urgent consideration. Toll on Severn Bridge to be removed.
The Science Vale transport arc between Oxford Milton Keynes Cambridge would be completed.
Significant investment promised, without specific details.
Severn Bridge toll to be removed in 2018, after costs have been recouped.
Supported, but Heathrow not mentioned.
Opposed. Other airports to be improved, but no net increase in runway capacity.
Energy & Utilities
Diverse energy strategy to be pursued, but affordable, reliable energy considered more important than how it is produced.
Regulation of utilities to be enhanced.
60% of UK energy to come from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030.
Energy supply network and water companies to revert to public ownership, and local publically-owned energy companies to be created.
4m homes to be insulated.
60% of UK electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.
Green Buildings Act to set new energy efficiency targets.
4m homes to be made highly energy efficient by 2022, and zero-carbon standard for new homes to be restored.
Global leader status to be maintained.
No further large scale development to be undertaken.
Investment to be supported.
New developments to be supported in appropriate locations.
No mention. Tidal Lagoons
No mention. Supported.
Support for photovoltaic projects to be reinstated.
Swansea Bay project to be given immediate go-ahead.
Strong backing, with supportive changes to planning system and Shale Wealth Fund, and the creation of a new Shale Environmental Regulator.
Further nuclear development supported.
New nuclear to have a role, but subject to conditions as to safety and cost.
Fracking to be banned.
Carbon Capture & Storage
To be developed, as part of Ambitious programme to
future energy mix.
Continuing access to EU energy market postBrexit to be a priority.
Further development supported.
1.5 million new homes by 2022.
White Paper reforms to free up land for new homes, to speed up development by encouraging modern methods of construction, and to give councils powers to intervene, where developers do not act on planning permissions.
Greater flexibility for housing associations and local councils, to increase their housing stock.
Department for Housing to be created.
At least 100,000 council and housing association homes per year by 2021.
Homes and Communities Agency to be overhauled, to give councils new powers to build homes.
Help to Buy to be extended to 2027.
A new generation of New Towns to be developed.
300,000 new homes per year by 2022 (including direct government procurement to fill market gaps).
Borrowing cap on local councils and housing associations to be lifted/ increased, to allow them to build more social housing.
10 new garden cities to be developed.
All homes and businesses to have high speed broadband by 2020.
740m from National Productivity Investment Fund to be spent on upgrading the UK's digital infrastructure.
Universal superfast broadband across the country by 2022.
NIC to report on roll out in next decade of ultrafast (300Mbps) broadband across UK.
Universal superfast (30Mbps) broadband across the country by 2022. 2bn to be invested in innovative solutions to achieve this rurally.
A programme of hyper-fast fibre optic broadband to be rolled out across the UK, with priority for SMEs.
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