Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Engineers call for investment in infrastructure

Economic recovery in Scotland is at risk because the country's infrastructure is in need of repair and modernisation, a report has suggested.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (Ice) said significant investment was needed for the transport network and energy and water supply systems.

It also called for greater borrowing powers to be given to the Scottish government.

It said this would help create a "high-quality infrastructure".

The organisation's State of the Nation report graded six crucial elements of the country's infrastructure - water, transport, waste, energy, education and skills and managing flood risk.

Under its scale, a Grade 'A' meant "fit for the future", while a grade 'E' meant the infrastructure was "unfit for purpose".

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