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Now Armitt gets the call to help sort out airport planning

2 Nov 12 Top civil engineer Sir John Armitt, former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, is one of six experts appointed to the new Airports Commission that is being set up to advise the government on airport capacity.

Sir John Armitt
Sir John Armitt

The key task for the commission, headed by former CBI chief Sir Howard Davies, is to take the political sting out of making a decision between building a third runway at Heathrow, expanding other London airports or building a completely new airport to the east of the capital.

Sir John Armitt is also a former chief executive of Network Rail and of Costain. He has also agreed to lead a review of UK infrastructure planning, finance and delivery for Labour party leader Ed Miliband, so he is now squarely batting for both sides.

Other members of the Airport Commission are:

  • Professor Ricky Burdett, professor of urban studies at the London School of Economics and director of the LSE Cities research centre
  • Vivienne Cox, former CEO and executive vice president of BP Alternative Energy
  • Professor Dame Julia King, vice chancellor of Aston University and a member of the Committee on Climate Change, with a background in the aerospace industry
  • Geoff Muirhead, former CEO of Manchester Airport Group.

The commission is expected to present its initial report by the end of next year to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin – or whoever is holding that office by then – and a final report by 2015.

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