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Department for Transport High Speed 2 and Airports man named new National Infrastructure Commission chief executive

The National Infrastructure Commission has been tasked ‎with carrying out specific studies of pressing infrastructure challenges

Chancellor George Osborne has named Phil Graham chief executive of the National Infrastructure Commission. 

He joins the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) from the Department for Transport, where he led the development of the government’s high speed rail strategy, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics.

NIC interim chair Lord Adonis said: ”Phil Graham is supremely qualified to be the first CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission.

He has done brilliant work on a wide range of nationally significant projects from high speed rail to the London Olympics and most recently ‎as secretary of the Airports Commission.”

On 5 October the chancellor announced the creation of the NIC to provide expert independent analysis of the long-term infrastructure needs of the country.

What will the commission do?

  • The commission has been working in shadow form since its formation on 5 October
  • It will publish a National Infrastructure Assessment every Parliament setting out its analysis of the UK’s infrastructure needs over a 10 to 30 year horizon. The government will be required formally to respond to the recommendations of the commission
  • It has also been tasked ‎with carrying out specific studies of pressing infrastructure challenges
  • The commission will have a remit which will ensure that it recommends infrastructure that is sustainable, affordable and provides real economic benefit
  • It will not re-open decision-making processes where programmes and work have been decided, or will be decided in the immediate future, including the Smart Metering programme, the Roads Investment Strategy or Control Period 5 in rail. It will not re-open closed price control settlements in regulated utilities such as energy and water
  • The Chancellor has asked the commission to report on three initial projects by Budget 2016: Northern transport connectivity, especially east-west across the Pennines; Large-scale investment in London’s transport infrastructure, including Crossrail 2; and ensuring investment in energy infrastructure can meet future demand in the most efficient way.




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