Innovation in Infrastructure, Newcastle, July 2019

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On the first anniversary of the National infrastructure Assessment, this infracafé reflected on the future of innovation in infrastructure, particularly in the areas identified in the Assessment.

The discussion covered topics ranging from the latest developments in renewable energy sources; the benefits of full fibre broadband roll-out for the north east; priorities for the then forthcoming rail control period and road investment strategy; and what the Northern Powerhouse project means in practical terms for the people of Newcastle and the wider region.

The discussion drew on the expertise of a panel of infrastructure practitioners, including Bridget Rosewell, one of the National Infrastructure Commissioners; Jonathon Banks, technical support advisor at Northumbrian Water; Rosie Hughes, innovation lead at AECOM and a member of the YPP; Kate Ashworth, planning and infrastructure solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson; and Edwin Barker, innovation adviser at DfT.

This infracafé was supported by the Newcastle Innovation Festival and North West Water Young Professionals Network.

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