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Government commits £138 million for UK infrastructure research

Government commits £138 million for UK infrastructure research

The UK government has pledged to invest £138 million to spend on research into how the country's infrastructure can be improved and safeguarded for the future.It is making this move in light of the fact that statistics show inadequate infrastructure costs Britain £2 million each day.Along with 13 other partners, the University of Bristol is forming part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), which is a major project designed to ensure the UK's infrastructure is of a world-class standard.The partners will work together over the next few years to develop an internationally-competitive infrastructure research group, with a view to not only improving that of the UK, but also those elsewhere across the globe.With such a large amount of funding and attention set to go towards safeguarding Britain's infrastructure for the future, construction and engineering jobs are expected to increase in the coming years too.The overall aim of the UKCRIC is to encourage collaboration and cooperation among universities, the government, the construction industry and local communities to ensure project providers are working in line with what the UK actually needs.Jo Johnson, universities and science minister, commented: "From traffic congestion and floods to rising populations, our cities face big challenges that need innovative infrastructure solutions to keep services secure, low-cost and effective."That's why, as a One Nation Government, we are investing £138 million in this world-leading UK research network to develop new materials and engineering solutions that will deliver world-class infrastructure up and down the country."There are currently £466 million worth of infrastructure renewal projects in the pipeline throughout the UK, with the government research funding set to enhance this and ensure the work can be delivered in the most efficient manner possible to help Britain stand out around the world.Other partners involved in the UKCRIC include Bristol City Council, EDF Energy, Thames Water, National Grid, the government's Department for Transport and Network Rail, alongside several universities throughout the country. 

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