Sir John Armitt will lead the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on an interim basis following the resignation of Lord Adonis over disagreements with the Government.
Armitt is deputy chairman of the Commission and has been a working with the body since its formation in 2015. Industry experts called for him to takeover after Adonis stepped down from the role last week, saying he would provide stability and credibility.
A permanent replacement for Adonis, who clashed with the Government over Brexit and what he claimed was transport secretary Chris Grayling’s “bailout” of the Virgin/Stagecoach East Coast franchise, will be appointed in due course.
Armitt said: “I would like to thank Lord Adonis for his work as chairman, leading the organisation as it examined a wide range of infrastructure issues, and kick-starting the development of the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment.
“The commission has a busy and exciting few months ahead, and I look forward to continuing the work we have planned with my fellow Commissioners.”
The NIC’s assessment of Britain’s infrastructure priorities over the next 30 years is expected to be published in June following an interim report published in October last year that said the UK is in danger of falling behind if it does not improve infrastructure.