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Budget 2017 Response

08 March - Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his first (and last) Spring Budget to deliver a "stronger, fairer, better Britain". WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff welcomed the focus on prudence and productivity as well as technical skills, but called for a continued drive towards quicker major infrastructure delivery.

 

Adrian Hames, UK head of infrastructure planning at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

“Productivity and prudence as expected. With uncertainty over Brexit we were never expecting a spending splurge but we did get some quick wins in technology and local transport improvements. However, we can’t afford to lose sight of infrastructure’s longer term importance in boosting productivity by connecting to new schools, to the digital economy and crucially to spurring the housing market in a period of increased uncertainty. The pressure has been put back on the industry to make this case in the Housing and Industrial Strategy papers.”

“Whilst the introduction of T-levels is very much welcome for building upcoming major infrastructure projects with more young and skilled workers, these changes will take years to have an impact. The industry wants to get spades in the ground now. We have to be relentless in securing a stable pipeline of nationally significant projects that catalyse economic growth.”

Notes to editors

For media enquiries please contact Tom Hawkins on 020 7314 4585 / tom.hawkins@wspgroup.com

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Our 36,700 people, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries provide engineering and multidisciplinary services in a vast array of industry sectors, with a focus on technical excellence and client service.

In the UK, 7,100 people (including Mouchel Consulting) provide consultancy services to all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals. The combined business has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.

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