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Infrastructure commission calls for evidence

Words: Laura Edgar
M6. junction 20

The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a call for evidence on Northern connectivity, London’s transport infrastructure and energy supply.

Lord Andrew Adonis launched the evidence call during a two-day visit to the north of England, including Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Hull and Newcastle. David Brown, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), joined him.

TfN, a partnership of local transport authorities, government and national transport agencies, said the meetings included discussion on connecting cities and towns in the North, such as the challenges, benefits, opportunities to drive economic growth.

The call for evidence invites interested parties – local and regional government, non-government organisations and the wider public - to make submissions on:

  • Northern connectivity, particularly identifying future investment priorities in the North’s strategic transport infrastructure to improve connectivity between cities, especially east to west across the Pennines;

  • London Transport system - including reviewing strategic options for future investment in large-scale transport improvements on road, rail and London Underground; and

  • Energy - reviewing how the UK can better balance supply and demand.

Brown said: “The fact that Northern connectivity is recognised as a focus area for the commission further underpins the fundamental need for long-term investment and we’ll continue to engage with Lord Adonis as we work towards the publication of our updated Northern Transport Strategy next year.”

From the call for evidence, the commission said it will be able to “draw upon a wide evidence base and spectrum of options”.

The call for evidence will close on 8 January, 2016.