Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015
Andrew Adonis, interim Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has set out his organisation’s immediate priorities and launched a major call for evidence.
The call for evidence puts the spotlight on three of the UK's most :
- Northern Connectivity: Particularly identifying priorities for future investment in the North’s strategic transport infrastructure to improve connectivity between cities, especially east-west across the Pennines
- London’s Transport System: Particularly reviewing strategic options for future investment in large scale transport improvements on road, rail and underground including Crossrail 2
- Energy: Reviewing how the UK can better balance supply and demand.
The call for evidence will close on 8 January 2016. The Commission has been asked to publish its report on these three areas before next year’s Budget. It will welcome submissions from local government, NGOs, academics and all interested parties involved with infrastructure provision.
In a related development ministers have decided to merge the Major Projects Authority and Infrastructure UK to create the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).
The IPA will bring together government expertise in the financing, delivery and assurance for projects, which range from large scale infrastructure schemes such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel to major transformation programmes such as Universal Credit.
This new body will be formally created on 1 January 2016 and will report to both the Chancellor and the Minister for the Cabinet Office. Its first chief executive will be the existing chief executive of the MPA, Tony Meggs.