Report commissioned by Labour party leader

The UK has to establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission to get decisions on schemes such as new railways, airports and power stations made more quickly.

A review by former Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt (pictured) has said a commission needs to be set up to identify the country’s long term infrastructure needs and to keep tabs on how the government is implementing them.

“Over the last 40 years UK infrastructure has fallen behind the rest of the world and is increasingly struggling to cope with the demands we make of it,” Armitt said. “An infrastructure fit for the future must now be a priority alongside education and health.”

Among the recommendations in Armitt’s report, which was commissioned by Labour leader Ed Miliband and his shadow chancellor Ed Balls, are that an infrastructure assessment be carried out every 10 years while Parliament would need to vote within six months of evidence-based infrastructure priorities being published.