The new National Infrastructure Commission has launched a Call for Evidence on critical infrastructure challenges. As one of the most important initiatives launched by Government, anything that it does, especially in these early stages, needs to be taken very seriously.

Too often government consultations are not really considered. Other priorities for organisations take over. But for engagement to be effective, it needs to take place early in the decision-making process.

Governments thrive off good ideas and evidence. That is what they need, so the more that this positive approach to engagement is adopted, the more likely it is to be successful.

The Commission wants to hear from people and organisations. It has a tight timescale for activity but is headed-up by a Chair and a team of Commissioners that know the value of engagement.

Those interested in infrastructure need to grab such opportunities with both hands.