Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Priorities for transport infrastructure and governance in the North of England: services, connectivity and the Strategic Transport Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central Manchester


This seminar will assess the priorities for transport infrastructure and governance in the North of England.

Delegates will examine key measures expected in the Strategic Transport Plan, such as implementing smarter transport systems, improving rail links spanning the region - including developing Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) - and further upgrades to the Major Road Network, as Transport for the North (TfN) finalises it proposals.

The agenda also looks at priorities for infrastructure investment across the North, as outlined in the NIC National Infrastructure Assessment - which recommended an indicative budget of £24bn for the development of NPR between 2023-2040 in order to improve travel times across the region and support regional economic growth.

We expect discussion on the the role of Metro Mayors and local authorities as the North-East continues to bid for funding from the Transforming Cities Fund, as well as further discussion on the Government’s £300m investment aimed at ensuring HS2 is compatible with future NPR services, and renewed commitment to the Trans-Pennine Rail network as part of Network Rail’s Great North Rail Project.

Further sessions discuss priorities for passenger services, including the recent unveiling of a new major rail review by the Transport Secretary, looking at the structure of the entire rail industry, as well as the potential impact on infrastructure and future connectivity in the North of the Government’s announcement of a one-year delay on the HS2 Phase 2b Hybrid-Bill.

Guest of Honour

Jonathan Spruce

Interim Strategy Director, Transport for the North

Guest of Honour

Jonathan Spruce

Interim Strategy Director, Transport for the North

Keynote Speakers

Greg McClymont

Cities and Transport Lead, National Infrastructure Commission

Lucy Armstrong

Chair, Port of Tyne and Chief Executive, The Alchemists

Dr Cathy Miller

Deputy Director, North and Devolution Division, Department for Transport


Lord Rosser

Shadow Spokesperson, Transport and Home Affairs

Lord Goddard of Stockport

Vice Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group


Richard Stuart

Sector Director, Highways, Costain

Philip Cox

Chief Executive, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

Liz Hunter

Head of Transport Policy, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Marshall Poulton

Assistant Director, Transport, Newcastle City Council

Elizabeth De Jong

Director of Policy, Freight Transport Association

Mahmood Azam

Head of Network Strategy and Development, Highways England

Graham Botham

Strategy and Planning Director, North, Network Rail

Chris Jackson

Head of Transport, Burges Salmon

David Sidebottom

Passenger Director, Transport Focus