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Armitt backs Adonis' new infrastructure role

London 2012 chief Sir John Armitt has backed this week’s appointment of former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis to head up the national infrastructure commission the pair proposed two years ago.

London 2012 chief and senior ICE vice president Sir John Armitt backed the appointment of former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis to head up the National Infrastructure Commission. The two men had originally proposed the establishment of such a body two years ago.
Armitt - who chaired the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Games, and will become ICE President next month - said Adonis had “all the credentials” to chair the independent body.
Chancellor George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester that Adonis would chair the newly created commission.
Adonis sat on the Armitt-led panel that called in 2013 for the establishment of such a commission to evaluate the UK’s infrastructure needs over 30-year periods.
Writing on the ICE website last week, Armitt said: “Lord Adonis is the right person to take the helm. He has long championed infrastructure and brings vast experience in transport and housing. He is known and respected across political boundaries for his drive, intelligence and ideas. He has all the credentials.
“And he is keen to get started. While the commission is being put into statute, he will work on an interim basis - providing continuity to industry and certainty to the investment community.”
Armitt added that the ICE had a role to play assisting the commission.
“The success of the commission will be truly underpinned by the independent evidence on which its analysis is based,” he said.
“This essentially opens up the debate; drawing from a wide pool of experts, data, analysis and consultations, and taking into consideration key factors such as climate change, population growth and affordability for the taxpayer. It will provide a basis for the strategic thinking that has been largely absent in the UK over the last few decades.

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