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CECA: Light at the end of the tunnel after challenging period for infrastructure   2nd May 2018

Civils contractors today said that the UK’s infrastructure sector is continuing to face challenging market conditions, but that with Government support there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Results from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)’s Workload Trends Survey for 2018 Q1 found that workloads had declined for the second consecutive quarter in Great Britain, according to 1 per cent of firms, on balance.

However order books increased for 24 per cent of British firms on balance, and one-third of UK contractors expect their workloads to increase in the coming year.

Commenting, CECA Chief Executive Alasdair Reisner said: “2018 has seen challenging market conditions in the UK’s infrastructure sector, where the aftershocks of the Carillion liquidation continue to be felt.

“We believe there is more the Government can do to support the sector, by committing to projects outlined in the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan and continuing to develop this pipeline to secure economic growth.

“At the same time, our members are reporting that they are expecting orders to turn into activity, as schemes come forward to market in the coming year.

“While the first quarter of 2018 has proved a challenging period for many of our members, we believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that industry will act as a platform for secure growth in the coming years.”
  

 

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