UK government clarifies role of new infrastructure group

The government has recently made public the terms of reference for the National Infrastructure Commission.

The document, released on 30th October, outlines the key infrastructure projects that the commission will oversee. The team will look specifically at London’s transport infrastructure, creating a future-proof energy infrastructure and overseeing future investment for transport infrastructure in the north.

It is clear from the document that the Commission will be working closely with both the Department for Transport and Transport for the North. They will start by assessing the transport needs of the two areas over the coming few decades. Once that stage is completed, the investment priorities will be worked out by another independent team.

Architects in Chester and in other parts of the north will be watching the progress of this process with interest. This is because the decisions the group makes will have a big impact on where new housing and commercial developments will be built over the next 20 to 30 years. Areas that are earmarked for new transport links are likely to be where the majority of new developments take place.

Improving inter-city connectivity is a key aim for the government. The experience of other countries will be used to help the Commission and independent review group to propose affordable transport solutions for areas that currently do not have a good transport infrastructure.

The commission is expected to report to the government before the 2016 Budget. At that stage, they are expected to be in a position to make their first recommendations.

Posted by Matt Hughes
November 16, 2015

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