Crossrail 2 and High Speed 3 are priority schemes for the government’s new National Infrastructure Commission, which is chaired by Lord Adonis

adonisLord Adonis will look dispassionately at the UK’s future infrastructure needs


Former transport secretary Lord Adonis has been given the task of drafting proposals for Crossrail 2 and High Speed 3 infrastructure schemes in time
for the next budget.

Chancellor George Osborne announced this week that he had recruited the Labour peer to chair a new independent National Infrastructure Commission. The NIC will begin work immediately and will be charged with offering unbiased analysis of the UK’s long term infrastructure needs.

It is understood that Crossrail 2 and High Speed 3 are among a trio of big infrastructure schemes for which Adonis has been tasked with drawing up detailed plans in time for next spring’s budget (the third scheme is improvements to Britain’s energy management).

Commenting on the NIC Osborne said: “The commission will calmly and dispassionately assess the future infrastructure needs of the country and it will hold any government’s feet to the fire if it fails to deliver.”

Adonis will remain a member of the Labour party but will now be a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. Commenting on his appointment he said: “Without big improvements to its transport and energy systems, Britain will grind to a halt.”

He added: “I hope it will be possible to forge a wide measure of agreement, across society and politics, on key infrastructure requirements for the next 20 to 30 years and the assessments which have underpinned them.”

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