Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is to speak on infrastructure investment at the ICE’s UK transport conference on Wednesday.
He will discuss ways in which the government and the construction industry can work together at the event at ICE headquarters in Great George Street,
Alexander will be joined by High Speed 2 chief executive Alison Munroe, Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy and Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan.
The ICE’s State of the Nation: Transpot steering group chairman Steven Hayter will also speak.
Hayter said: “The UK’s ability to generate and sustain economic growth depends on the effectiveness of our transport infrastructure – it enables access to work and business, education, health services and the movement of essential goods into and around the UK. Government policy affects every aspect of this, yet despite progress in the rail sector and some broad transport goals set out in the National Infrastructure Plan, the strategy and objectives remain unclear. In the last five years many of the most important issues – from aviation capacity through to severe pothole damage – are still unresolved. “
Morgan said that successful project will boost investor confidence in the infrastructure sector. “The successful delivery of the Olympics and the growing reputation of Crossrail demonstrates growing confidence in the UK´s engineering industry. ICE´s UK Transport conference is the perfect platform to discuss this renewed confidence in British engineering and how it can be used to meet the growing demands on the transport network in the future,” he said.