Falling workloads and future orders in the roads sector are slowing down infrastructure growth, a new report has warned.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association’s quarterly workloads trends report shows that work on motorways and trunk roads fell 29 per cent in Q1 2016 year on year, while there was a 16 per cent drop off in local roads work.
The report found that workloads had risen for 43 per cent of respondents, compared with a quarter who said they had fallen.
However, five out of 10 sectors covered by the survey reported smaller workloads over Q1 compared with the same period last year, with only gas, which reported a 55 per cent fall, performing worse than the two roads sectors.
CECA head of external affairs Marie-Claude Hemming said: “Today’s results show that although the infrastructure sector as a whole is performing well, nonetheless the roads sector is yet to reflect the government’s planned programme of investment.
“The roads network is integral to the UK’s economy. We must take steps to ensure investment in the sector is implemented in a timely and efficient manner, to prevent it acting as a hindrance to wider economic growth.
“CECA calls on government to take steps to ensure planned investment in the roads sector is unlocked, so that our members can deliver a roads network capable of sustaining projected levels of demand.”