ICE has issued a Northern Infrastructure Strategy report setting out a range of recommendations to enhance the planning, delivery and operation of the North’s infrastructure.
The strategy was drawn up by a steering group of leading academic, policy, and industry figures, including Pell Frischmann’s Transport and Infrastructure Sector Director Damian Kilburn.
I was delighted that the Institution of Civil Engineers agreed to assemble an expert panel to drive the Northern Powerhouse Agenda, even more so that they agreed that the panel should consist of experts from the North of England!
The report notes that The North is home to 15.2m people and generates £290bn in economic output. It has five of the UK’s largest cities and a number of world-leading universities. It has huge strength in sectors as diverse as energy, food and healthcare. Yet despite this it stresses that The North is nonetheless underperforming. Its productivity lags the UK average by 11%, it has a higher proportion of lower skilled workers (more than 50%) and 39 of the 50 most deprived areas in England are in the North.
This report considers what the North should do if it is to become a truly global-leading region, measured both by economic productivity and quality of life. Recommendations include developing a Northern Spatial Plan and a Northern Infrastructure Plan, and that programmes be developed to enhance connectivity across The North.
Damian Kilburn added:
The panel is not just made up of engineers, but also economists, communications experts, town planners and academics. I hope you can spare 10 minutes to read the report, I think it is a thought provoking and pragmatic approach to delivering economic growth across the north of England.
For the full report, please click here.
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