In his October 2018 Budget Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed that the National Infrastructure Commission would be examining the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure.

Services like utilities, transport and telecommunications are becoming increasingly sophisticated and interdependent.  While this has enabled efficiency improvements and better delivery, infrastructure systems are now more vulnerable and if disrupted can have a very significant impact on people’s lives.

In this resilience study, the National Infrastructure Commission will consider what action government should take to ensure that infrastructure can cope with future changes, disruptions, shocks and accidents.

The Commission will look at how resilience can be assessed and improved, including through better design and application of new technologies.

The study will:

  • Review UK and international knowledge and approaches;
  • Develop an understanding of public expectations and response to the potential loss of infrastructure services;
  • Analyse the resilience of economic infrastructure systems and the costs and benefits of improvements; and
  • Undertake ’stress tests’ of sectors, areas and organisations.

The study will build on the Commission’s first National Infrastructure Assessment and form the basis for resilience to be addressed in future assessments.

The National Infrastructure Commission will publish its final report and recommendations in spring 2020.