TfN meets Adonis
Political and business representatives from Transport for the North (TfN) have met with Lord Adonis, the Chair of the new National Infrastructure Commission, as part of his two day fact finding visit to the north of England. TfN brings together local authorities in the region to ensure they deliver unified communication to the Government. The organisation claims this recent meeting was the first step in its development of a strong case to the commission for ‘pan-northern, transformational investment’ in transport infrastructure. Lord Adonis was accompanied by TfN’s new Chief Executive, David Brown, throughout the visit, which included sessions with representatives from Hull and the Humber, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle. The meetings saw discussion of a wide range of topics related to connecting cities and towns in the north. During the visit, a Call for Evidence was launched by the commission, inviting all interested parties to make submissions on its initial three areas of focus.
Lord Adonis said, ‘To make the North a powerhouse once again we need a new era of infrastructure investment. The National Infrastructure Commission will look broadly at long-term needs and provide impartial advice to Government and Parliament. I am delighted that the Call for Evidence is being launched in the north of England. We have seen great steps forward in the North’s infrastructure, including Airport City in Manchester and the new deep water port in Liverpool. This Call for Evidence will support the Commission to make the infrastructure of the North greater still.’