"Infrastructure allows British business to function. Yet for too many decades, we've seen plan after plan, strategy after strategy – but little delivery on the ground.

"Sir John Armitt is one of the few people in Britain who knows what it really takes to deliver a major project, and his new report sets out some welcome ideas on how to break our infrastructure logjam.

"An independent infrastructure commission could help end what we call 'Stop-Start' Britain, and promote greater business investment. Our infrastructure needs, from roads to rails to airports to major energy projects, should be assessed by real experts. Politicians should be in the hot seat to deliver infrastructure projects, rather than just debating it endlessly."