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Sir John Armitt to lead NIC

Words: Laura Edgar
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has appointed Sir John Armitt as the new chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

This follows the resignation of Lord Andrew Adonis in December 2017.

Armitt, who has a background in engineering, served as commissioner at the NIC since his appointment in 2015, before becoming deputy chair in 2017.

He was awarded a CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and a knighthood in 2012 for his work in engineering and construction.

Hammond said: “Sir John Armitt brings years of experience of UK infrastructure. With him at the helm, I am confident we will develop a strategic and ambitious infrastructure plan that supports economic growth for decades to come.

Armitt said: “Making the right choices about planning and investing in infrastructure is critical to the UK’s prosperity and quality of life. I want the commission to remain focused on tackling the long-term issues of congestion, capacity and carbon – and to continue to hold the government to account where decisive action is needed – so we can secure the improvements that companies, communities and families need.”

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