Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Priorities for transport in the North of England: economic growth, regional regeneration and the Strategic Transport Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central Manchester


This seminar will assess the way forward for developing transport infrastructure in the North of England.

Following the release of the NIC’s National Infrastructure Assessment, delegates will consider the priorities for investment in the north’s transport system, including recommendations from the NIC, such as an indicative budget of £24 billion for the development of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) between 2023-2040 as well as a wider budget of £43 billion for transport projects for regional cities.

Sessions will also discuss the Government’s £300 million investment aimed at ensuring HS2 is compatible with the future NPR services and Network Rail’s Great North Rail Project, which aims to deliver a multi-billion pound package of improvements.

With Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan, due to be published this year - the seminar will be an opportunity to discuss key measures, including the case for further investment in the region, as well as the next steps for delivering the sustainable and innovative infrastructure system needed to underpin regional development and economic growth.

Further sessions focus on plans for potential improvements to Trans-Pennine road routes, opportunities for improving international connections, the role Metro Mayors can play in developing trans-city links, and the challenges for expanding both freight and passenger services.

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


Richard Stuart

Sector Director, Highways, Costain

Philip Cox

Chief Executive, Cheshire and Warrington Local 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

Senior speaker confirmed from Burges Salmon

David Sidebottom

Passenger Director, Transport Focus