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UK infrastructure

From human and goods transportation to power and digital infrastructure, the UK is well positioned for businesses to deliver locally and globally.

Get familiar with the UK's robust transportation network, leadership in digital infrastructure and transition to sustainable energy.

Last updated 26 September 2019

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Key benefits

The UK:

  • is home to the world’s largest floating offshore windfarm
  • has digital infrastructure that supports a tech sector larger than the rest of Europe combined
  • is home to the largest air transport system in Europe connecting the UK globally
  • has a rail network rated top five in the EU
  • is located in close proximity to Europe, N. America and the Commonwealth.

The switch to sustainable

The UK government has prioritised the country’s transition to sustainable energy. As such, the UK is home to the world’s largest offshore windfarm, operated by Ørsted and located off the coast of Cumbria in the north of England.

Energy is also a major driver of the UK’s economic growth. Investment in energy projects account for around 60% of all infrastructure projects open to overseas investors. According to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the UK has over £57 billion of energy investment projects in the pipeline that stretch to 2021.

Robust and reliable transportation

With over 70 airports, 40 major ports, excellent rail links and toll-free motorways, the UK has the ideal combination of infrastructure components to move goods and people around the country in simple, affordable ways.

Despite being the eighth largest member state by area, the UK has the fourth largest rail network in the EU. As the most improved rail network in the EU, the UK enjoys a modern, privatised rail network linking major cities into mainland Europe via the world-class Eurostar rail service.

The UK also has the largest air transport system in Europe. Almost all of Europe’s leading technology markets can be reached in under 2 hours from any of south England’s international airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, City and Luton Airport.

With over 100 ports, the UK is the second largest ports industry in all of Europe. Well established as one of the world’s major trading nations, the UK exported around £500 billion in goods and services over the last 6 years, ranking it top 10 in the list of exporting countries at the 2016 United Nations Conference on Trading and Development.

Supporting our digital future

The UK has one of the strongest software and technology infrastructures in the world. With the best superfast broadband service of any major European economy, the UK is set to build a digital infrastructure for a super-connected future that’s capable of supporting the huge demand for lightning-fast internet access.

Forbes has rated the business friendliness of the world’s biggest economies every year for the past 12 years. In 2018, the UK ranked highest, scoring particularly well on technological readiness.

In fact, the World Economic Forum ranks the UK top 10 their Networked Readiness Index 2016; a measure of a nation’s capacity to use information and communication technology to promote growth and social wellbeing.