Press release

Superfast broadband more important than new airport capacity

23 December 2013

The general public see more need for superfast broadband in all UK households than increased airport capacity, a new survey reveals.

A survey for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) showed that just 17 per cent thought that building new airports would benefit the UK economy while only 12 per cent said that building extra runways at existing airports would benefit the economy.

This compared to 43 per cent who thought extending superfast broadband to all UK households would deliver more economic benefit.

Prof Will Stewart from the IET, said: “This survey clearly shows that the vast majority of the general public see less economic benefit in increasing capacity at our airports.

“The public have told us that supporting the e-economy by rolling out universal superfast broadband will have more economic benefits for the UK than more traditional infrastructure projects like increasing airport capacity or high speed rail.”

The survey also showed that 16 per cent thought that building a high speed rail line would benefit the economy compared to 32 per cent who opted for building new nuclear power stations.

The survey, of 2,011 adults aged 16-75 in Great Britain, was carried out between 13 and 18 December by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the IET.

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Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

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Email: HKellett@theiet.org

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