Digital future for UK roads network focus of new Commission study

Harnessing the potential of digitally connected autonomous cars and commercial vehicles to increase road safety, tackle congestion and improve the accessibility of transport services will be the focus of a new National Infrastructure Commission study on connected and autonomous mobility (CAM). The government has this week published the terms of reference for the study, first announced in […]

Long term review sets out pressing need to modernise infrastructure to support economic growth and climate action

Improved infrastructure to boost economic growth across the UK and meet climate goals is both achievable and affordable if the right policy steps are taken now, according to the government’s independent advisers on infrastructure strategy. The Second National Infrastructure Assessment – a five yearly review conducted by the National Infrastructure Commission – sets out a programme of […]

Michèle Dix to join National Infrastructure Commission

The Chancellor has appointed former managing director of Crossrail 2 and director of planning at Transport for London Michèle Dix CBE as a new Commissioner to join the National Infrastructure Commission. Announcing the appointment, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt said: “We need high quality infrastructure to deliver growth and boost productivity. Michèle will help ensure […]

Sir John Armitt reappointed as Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission

Sir John Armitt has been reappointed as Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) for a further two years while Julia Prescot has been appointed Deputy Chair. Sir John has served as the Chair of the NIC since 2018, prior to which he was Deputy Chair and a commissioner since the NIC was established in 2015. With a background […]

National Infrastructure Commission Chair calls road user charging inevitable

The Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has told an audience at Highways UK that he cannot see how the future cannot include paying to drive on the roads. Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FICE told the keynote session on day two of the event that , “I think that most people would agree with […]

2030 ban on petrol and diesel car sales “unrealistic” – report

The Government is being warned that banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 may not be realistic because the electric vehicle charging network isn’t close to being ready. Sir John Armitt, head of the National Infrastructure Commission, says there is a “real risk” to the deadline because of the slow progress […]

Fundamental shift in funding to local level needed to help ‘level up’ English towns, says National Infrastructure Commission

Levelling up towns will require a shift in government’s approach from announcing multiple ringfenced pots of money – many of which councils must compete over – to instead handing power to local areas to deliver their own infrastructure strategies with five-year devolved budgets, according to the UK’s official infrastructure advisers. In a report launched today, the […]

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