National Infrastructure Commission chairman Lord Adonis has described yesterday’s Spending Review as just the first step in sorting out the UK’s infrastructure.
The former Labour transport secretary – who was appointed to head up the independent commission last month – said he welcomed the investment announced yesterday.
In his spending review, George Osborne set out plans to spend £73bn on roads and rail over the six years to April 2021.
Adonis said the country needed to transform the way it planned and delivered major infrastructure projects.
He said: “We will only truly address the UK’s infrastructure needs if we consistently plan for the long-term – not just over a year or a parliament but through properly assessing and acting on Britain’s strategic needs over the coming 20 to 30 years.
“The new Transport Development Fund provides a valuable opportunity to make early progress in the major projects we require to better connect the great cities of the North and improve London’s transport network. The chancellor should now look at extending this model to cover long-term strategic requirements across the board.
“In the coming months the independent National Infrastructure Commission will complete our first three studies, and begin the work leading to the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment. We will provide firm recommendations on major projects, strategic direction, and investment – and where government and others can and should do more we will make that clear.
“To secure the jobs and growth of the future, we have to get serious about planning and delivering the infrastructure this country needs to succeed.”