The UK’s infrastructure projects are to receive £200bn of investment over the next five years – but that money will be wasted if they’re not future-proofed for climate change

Infrastructure must adapt to climate change

That was the message from Caroline Spelman, Defra’s secretary of state, in her paper entitled ‘Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate’, published on 9 May 2011.

In it she stated how planning and design will need to take into account the impact that more extreme weather will have on essential services, such as transport networks and power supplies,

Speaking at Blackfriars station, itself undergoing extensive modernisation, Spelman said: “Our economy is built on effective transport and communications networks, and reliable energy and water supplies. But the economy cannot grow if there are repeated power failures, or goods cannot be transported because roads are flooded and railways are buckled, or intense rainfall or high temperatures disrupt Wi-Fi signals.

“If the facilities that support our society cannot cope with floods, droughts or winters, the money [that will be invested] will have been wasted.”

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