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The Great British RebootHow the UK Can Thrive in a Turbulent World$
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Alex Brummer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243499

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243499.001.0001

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Trains, Phones and Planes

(p.255) Chapter Nine Infrastructure
The Great British Reboot

Alex Brummer

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the priority projects, the climate change agenda, and the low interest rate environment that constitute a big step forward for UK. It illustrates the UK as a country where Conservative and Labour parties after a decade of austerity agree that the UK needs to invest for the future. It also discusses the priorities of digital transformation and a lower carbon Britain outside the EU that look even more desirable after the Covid-19 experience. The chapter highlights Britain as the master of capital investment in the Victorian era as much of the infrastructure for creating the railways, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Bazalgette sewage system in London was designed and built in that period. It points out how long-term investment for the greater public good is not something that the UK has excelled at in more modern times.

Keywords:   priority projects, climate change agenda, low interest rate, digital transformation, capital investment

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