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London APPG highlights infrastructure priorities for London

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

The APPG for London has welcomed comments by National Infrastructure Commission Chair, Lord Andrew Adonis, setting out his vision for London’s infrastructure.

Speaking at the APPG for London’s Autumn reception on 31 October, Lord Adonis discussed the priorities in the Commission’s first National Infrastructure Assessment, launched in October with support from the Mayor of London and mayors from the UK’s six other city-regions. He stressed the pivotal role of infrastructure in securing economic and social benefits for citizens in every borough and retaining London’s position as an attractive location for global businesses.

Central to raising London’s game on infrastructure was, he said, tacking as a priority the three ‘Cs’:

  • Congestion - securing progress on Heathrow and investing in projects such as Crossrail 2 as well as new and improved public transport and cycling services; 
  • Capacity – ensuring everyone has access to the latest digital communications technology, building new infrastructure to support new homes and having sufficient water supply and flood protection to manage extremes of weather; and
  • Carbon – getting ready for electric vehicles and removing carbon emissions from heating and waste.

Lord Andrew Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:

"London needs world-class infrastructure to compete on the global stage and to support its residents and businesses.

"In practice that means tackling the three Cs - addressing congestion and capacity through projects including Crossrail 2 and reducing carbon emissions.

"But what works for London must also work for the rest of the country, which is why I'm pleased that Sadiq Khan is working with us, and the six Metro Mayors, to ensure we all have infrastructure fit for the future."

Bob Neill MP, APPG for London Co-Chair, said:

“Advocating for London’s infrastructure needs is a priority for APPG for London members and a fitting theme for our Autumn reception. We are keen to align ourselves with the National Infrastructure Commission as we know that investment in key projects in the capital such as Crossrail 2 is essential to ensuring our city remains a desirable place to live and work in.”

Steve Reed MP, APPG for London Co-Chair, said:

“Lord Adonis’ in-depth briefing on the wider benefits that Crossrail 2 and other projects will bring to the national economy and other urban areas such as Liverpool and Leeds was incredibly informative. This will help to drive the APPG for London’s efforts to ensure the upcoming autumn Budget includes commitments on these schemes.”

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Notes to Editors:

The APPG for London is made up of 63 London MPs and Peers and aims to promote London in the interests of all its people, places and businesses as a global city and powerhouse of the economy. London Councils provide the Secretariat for the group. For more information on the APPG for London, click here or visit Twitter.

The National Infrastructure Assessment consultation - Congestion, Capacity, Carbon: Priorities for national infrastructure - can be found on the Commission’s website. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 18 January 2018.