Mark Wilson, North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) transport advisor; Margaret Jackson, Department for Transport head of northern engagement; ICE vice president David Balmforth; and Graham Dalton, Highways Agency chief executive, (left to right) visited Newcastle Football Club’s St James’ Park stadium ahead of an ICE North East seminar last month.
At the event, civil engineers from across the region heard industry leaders’ views on how infrastructure improvements would be funded and delivered in the North East. These included reforms to the Highways Agency and government initiatives such as the Maintenance Settlement, Integrated Transport Block, local Pinch Point Programme and Growth Deals. Collaboration between seven of the region’s local authorities and the LEP, as well as the creation of a combined authority in the North East to prioritise and deliver schemes, was also discussed.
Event chair Balmforth said transport was of “vital importance” to the North East economy and pointed to ICE’s 2013 State of the Nation: Transport report, which highlighted many of the issues discussed at the seminar.