Call to involve public in infrastructure planning to avoid cancellations such as Stanford West

Lorries parked up on the M20 motorway in Ashford, Kent, during Operation Stack

The government should create an organisation that involves the public in major infrastructure schemes, in order to prevent projects like the Stanford West lorry park being dropped. A report from the independent Institute for Government (IfG), argues that the UK is poor at engaging with the public and local communities on large scale infrastructure projects, which often results in opposition and postponement. The IfG said that a commission for public engagement would reduce costly delays by giving people an opportunity […]