UK water infrastructure rates highly in global survey
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5th December 2018 12:09 - Utilities
UK water infrastructure rates highly in global survey:
The UK's water infrastructure has scored highly in the Global Index Survey, judged the second-best infrastructure sector in the UK and ranked higher than the global average.
The survey, for Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA) polled 20,000 from 29 countries and looks at 10 infrastructure sectors including road networks, airports and energy.
The UK's water and sewerage system was rated as the second best area in the UK of all the sectors, with 65% judging it to be 'good' or 'very good'. Airports took the top spot scoring 67%.
After water and sewerage were motorways and major roads (54%), digital infrastructure (52%), the local road network (42%) and energy generation (39%). Nuclear infrastructure was 7th in the table at 36% and rail infrastructure including track and station performing less strongly with just a third of people rating the sector very or fairly good.
Over half (54%) agreed that the rail infrastructure was 'fairly' or 'very poor', along with new housing supply - also at 54%
When it comes to a worldview, Britain's water and sewerage system ranked higher than the global average of 52% and also the G8 average (57%). It fell below that of Germany (ranked highest at 75%), Czech Republic (73%), Saudi Arabia (70%), Australia (68%), Sweden (68%), and France (66%) and on a par with Canada (65%) and Malaysia (65%).
Chief executive of Water UK, Michael Roberts said: "It’s no coincidence that our water and sewerage infrastructure is rated so highly, given that water companies have invested £150 billion on improvements to the industry since privatisation.”
The survey also found that 73% of Brits believe that further investment in infrastructure is vital to Britain’s future economic growth, however, 57% believe not enough is being done to improve the UK’s needs relating to infrastructure.
Over a third (36%) feel the area where they live is not getting a fair share UK infrastructure investment.
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