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James Heath: Getting the evidence in place for key decisions on low carbon heat
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James Heath: Getting the evidence in place for key decisions on low carbon heat

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed Utility Week’s ‘Build Back Better’ Forum today (21 October 2020). His speech explored the policy decisions and investment needed to harness the full potential of low carbon heat, setting out the range of evidence that will be required to ensure effective decisions to address the...

21 Oct 2020 By
Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
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Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, delivered a speech today (7 October 2020) at the launch of the Commission’s report, Principles for effective urban infrastructure. The launch event was co-hosted with Centre for Cities. The text of Sir John’s speech can be found below.   Before I begin let me thank our...

7 Oct 2020 By
James Heath speech to Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit
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James Heath speech to Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed the Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit yesterday (29 September 2020). His speech explored the importance of a long term strategy for infrastructure planning, the tests which the Commission will apply to the government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy, and the key policies the Commission recommends is...

30 Sep 2020 By
Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum
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Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum

“I’m very pleased to be here, and indeed, to have had the opportunity to have listened to some, if not all, of the presentations today. This is my chance to assess progress against the Commission’s report, which we published nearly three years ago in November 2017, on what we call the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc. That...

22 Sep 2020 By
Sir John Armitt speech to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure
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Sir John Armitt speech to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure

Sir John Armitt addressed MPs and Peers at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure in the House of Commons, saying that ministers should take their “golden moment of opportunity” to make firm decisions on developing sustainable infrastructure beyond HS2 and accelerate existing planned projects as part of the government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure...

12 Feb 2020 By
Sir John Armitt speech to Cities Summit
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Sir John Armitt speech to Cities Summit

Commission Chair Sir John Armitt addressed Metro Mayors and other city leaders from around the country who came together at a Cities Summit today – as part of our cities programme – to make the case for greater autonomy over transport decisions and long-term funding for cities, as set out in the National Infrastructure Assessment....

11 Sep 2019 By
Phil Graham: Speech to the Future of Infrastructure Conference

Phil Graham: Speech to the Future of Infrastructure Conference

Commission Chief Executive Phil Graham gave the keynote speech at the Future of Infrastructure 2019 conference in London, reviewing the main recommendations of the National Infrastructure Assessment just over a year after its publication, the long-term challenge of achieving the UK’s Net Zero target and the importance of transforming the country’s infrastructure. The full text...

18 Jul 2019 By
‘Data now as important to UK Infrastructure as concrete or steel’ – Sir John Armitt speech to DAFNI
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‘Data now as important to UK Infrastructure as concrete or steel’ – Sir John Armitt speech to DAFNI

Sir John Armitt today gave the keynote speech to the DAFNI conference. DAFNI is the Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure. It is the first data and analytics facility of its kind to support infrastructure planning and research, facilitating collaboration across and between universities, government and the private sector. The data and modelling accessible...

10 Jun 2019 By
Sir John Armitt: speech to All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure

Sir John Armitt: speech to All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure

This is the full text of a speech by National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure event: ‘What should be in the National Infrastructure Strategy?’ Check against delivery. Thank you, Vicky, for your introduction. Thanks also to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Infrastructure for arranging today’s...

1 May 2019 By
Phil Graham: speech to UK Infrastructure Show

Phil Graham: speech to UK Infrastructure Show

This is the full text of a keynote speech on delivering transformed urban transport by National Infrastructure Commission Chief Executive Phil Graham at the UK Infrastructure Show at the NEC, Birmingham Check against delivery. It’s great to be here today and to see that so many of you are grappling with some of the big...

30 Apr 2019 By
Phil Graham: speech to Clean Energy Infrastructure Summit

Phil Graham: speech to Clean Energy Infrastructure Summit

Below is the full text of National Infrastructure Commission Chief Executive Phil Graham’s keynote speech to the Clean Energy Infrastructure Summit in London on 24 April. Check against delivery. It’s great to be here today and to see that so many of you are grappling with some of the big strategic questions in energy. We...

24 Apr 2019 By
Armitt: Speech to Global Engineering Congress

Armitt: Speech to Global Engineering Congress

Below is the text of National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt’s speech to the Global Engineering Congress at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on 24 October Check against delivery We meet just a matter of weeks after the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change gave one of its starkest-ever warnings of what could...

24 Oct 2018 By
Sir John Armitt speech to Global Engineering Congress

Sir John Armitt speech to Global Engineering Congress

We meet just a matter of weeks after the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change gave one of its starkest-ever warnings of what could happen if we don’t act now to protect our planet for the future. Its report warned that, far from keeping global temperature increases below 1.5 degrees, we’re heading for a possible rise...

24 Oct 2018 By
Sir John Armitt speech to Utility Week Congress

Sir John Armitt speech to Utility Week Congress

This is an exciting time to live and work here in Birmingham. The regeneration of New Street station has transformed the look and feel of the city centre, and once complete HS2 will stop at two different stations here. Alongside Coventry and Wolverhampton, Birmingham is part of the country’s first multi-city testbed for 5G technology....

10 Oct 2018 By
Armitt: Speech to Utility Week Congress
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Armitt: Speech to Utility Week Congress

Below is the full text of National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt’s keynote speech to the Utility Week Congress in Birmingham on 10 October. Check against delivery. This is an exciting time to live and work here in Birmingham. The regeneration of New Street station has transformed the look and feel of the city centre, and...

10 Oct 2018 By
Sir John Armitt speech to the London Infrastructure Summit

Sir John Armitt speech to the London Infrastructure Summit

The history of our capital’s infrastructure is filled with stories of world-firsts, projects whose working lives have far surpassed original predictions, and feats of design and engineering that we all too often take for granted. Take the London Underground network – the first metro system of its kind, up to five million passenger journeys are...

12 Sep 2018 By
Armitt: speech to London Infrastructure Summit

Armitt: speech to London Infrastructure Summit

Below is the full text of National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt’s keynote speech to the London Infrastructure Summit on 12 September in London. Check against delivery. “The history of our capital’s infrastructure is filled with stories of world-firsts, projects whose working lives have far surpassed original predictions, and feats of design and engineering...

12 Sep 2018 By
Roads For The Future: speech by Sir John Armitt to the UK Transport Infrastructure Summit
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Roads For The Future: speech by Sir John Armitt to the UK Transport Infrastructure Summit

Good morning. Thank you to Transport Times for hosting today’s event, and for kindly inviting me to open the proceedings. Thank you also for giving my fellow Commissioner, Julia Prescot, and staff from the Commission the opportunity to talk more this afternoon about our vision for the UK’s future transport infrastructure. The National Infrastructure Commission...

23 May 2018 By
Armitt: speech to UK Transport Infrastructure Summit

Armitt: speech to UK Transport Infrastructure Summit

Below is the full text of National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt’s keynote speech to the Transport Times UK Transport Infrastructure Summit in London on 23 May 2018. Check against delivery “Good morning. Thank you to Transport Times for hosting today’s event, and for kindly inviting me to open the proceedings. Thank you also...

23 May 2018 By
Lord Adonis’ speech at launch of Congestion, Capacity, Carbon – priorities for national infrastructure
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Lord Adonis’ speech at launch of Congestion, Capacity, Carbon – priorities for national infrastructure

The speech below was given by Lord Adonis at the launch of the interim National Infrastructure Assessment, Congestion, Capacity, Carbon – priorities for national infrastructure. The speech below was delivered at Birmingham City University on 13 October 2017.

13 Oct 2017 By
‘Reclaiming the Victorian spirit’ – speech by Lord Adonis

‘Reclaiming the Victorian spirit’ – speech by Lord Adonis

The speech below was given by Lord Adonis at the Institution of Civil Engineers, setting out his proposed infrastructure priorities for the year ahead.

26 Jun 2017 By

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