Paul Connolly, MCA Think Tank Director, argues that productivity needs a world-class physical, social and investment infrastructure
Smart, integrated cities. Competitively priced, modern, efficient transport infrastructure. Affordable, rationally located housing. These are frequently cited as essentials for a productive economy. The MCA’s report Building Blocks: How Britain can get infrastructure right is five years old. But despite the adoption of many of its recommendations by government, the report remains relevant. Chronic underinvestment has left the UK with a deficit in transport infrastructure. Our rail network is expensive and inefficient. The housing shortage is well documented. A step change in resourcing and capacity is needed.