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Adonis calls spending review ‘a welcome start’

26 Nov 15 National Infrastructure Commission chairman Lord Adonis has described chancellor George Osborne’s spending review as “a welcome step in the right direction " but it is only a start”.

NIC chair Lord Adonis
NIC chair Lord Adonis

Responding to the autumn statement, Lord Adonis said: “We will only truly address the UK’s infrastructure needs if we consistently plan for the long-term – not just over a year or a parliament but through properly assessing and acting on Britain’s strategic needs over the coming 20 to 30 years.

“The new Transport Development Fund provides a valuable opportunity to make early progress in the major projects we require to better connect the great cities of the North and improve London’s transport network. The Chancellor should now look at extending this model to cover long-term strategic requirements across the board.

“In the coming months the independent National Infrastructure Commission will complete our first three studies, and begin the work leading to the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment. We will provide firm recommendations on major projects, strategic direction, and investment – and where government and others can and should do more we will make that clear.

“To secure the jobs and growth of the future, we have to get serious about planning and delivering the infrastructure this country needs to succeed.”

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