Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Developing major infrastructure projects in the UK

Morning, Wednesday, 6th January 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the next steps for developing major infrastructure projects in the UK.

The discussion takes place in the context of the Government’s ambitions around scaling up development and accelerating an infrastructure-led economic recovery - and with the National Infrastructure Strategy expected later this year.

The discussion is bringing stakeholders together with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CCC; DfT; HMRC; Homes England; MHCLG; the NAO; the ORR; Ofwat; DIT; the Geospatial Commission; DCMS; the Government Legal Department; the Department for the Economy NI; The Scottish Government; Transport Scotland and the Welsh Government.

Key developments at a glance:

  • Planning for the future - consultation on government reform of the planning system ahead of a Planning White Paper, aimed at streamlining the planning and consents process, reducing red tape and barriers to development, and speeding along the process of project delivery
  • A New Deal for Britain - from the PM with £5bn for job creation and supply chains, shovel ready road and energy projects
  • Project Speed - a new infrastructure delivery taskforce, announced with the New Deal looking at aligning planning reform with the Government’s wider infrastructure strategy and agenda
  • Budget 2020 - which earmarked £640bn between 2020 and 2025 for public sector infrastructure development
  • the National Infrastructure Strategy - being published independently of the delayed Autumn Budget and expected to outline the Government’s long-term priorities for infrastructure development
  • Transport infrastructure development:
    • Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) - with £27.4bn for road network improvements and management, and constructing new physical road infrastructure and upgrading existing assets
    • PM confirming HS2 will go ahead alongside developing local transport - aimed at stimulating job creation, and develop economies included as part of Phase 2a and Phase 2b
    • £589m to kickstart rail upgrades across the north - the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester
  • Energy infrastructure development:
    • Energy White Paper - expected to outline a long-term vision for developing and decarbonising the energy system up to 2050
    • £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund - funding industrial decarbonisation through greater energy efficiency, fuel switching, and commercialising low-carbon technologies
    • 30GW of clean wind power being built by 2030 - boosting capacity and supporting supply chain development
  • Flood and coastal erosion risk management: policy statement - government’s long term plan, with £5.2bn for flood and coastal defences and support for business and household flooding recovery

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from BEIS; the Committee on Climate Change; DCMS; Defra; the Department for Transport; the Department for International Trade; the Geospatial Commission; the Government Legal Department; HMRC; Homes England; MHCLG; the National Audit Office; the Office of Rail and Road; Ofwat; the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; the Department for the Economy NI; the Department for Infrastruct, NI; The Scottish Government; Transport Scotland and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the Atkins; Baringa Partner; British Geological Survey; Burges Salmon; Cardiff University School of Engineering; Clarke Willmott; CPRE Warwickshire; FCP; Hydrogen East; Local Partnerships; London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies; mbpc Infrastructure; National Grid Ventures; Natural England; Savills UK; Severn Trent; Skanska and Vattenfall Wind Power.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Bloomberg and Construction News.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Huda As'ad

Head of Performance, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Claire Wansbury

Associate Director of Ecology, Atkins

James Heath

Chief Executive Officer, National Infrastructure Commission


Lord Berkeley

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

former Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Graham Botham

Strategy & Planning Director, Network Rail

Dr Pauleen Lane

Professional lead for Infrastructure, Planning Inspectorate

Mark Southwell

Managing Director, Civil Infrastructure, UK&I, AECOM

Elizabeth Dunn

Partner, Burges Salmon

Professor Denise Bower

Executive Director External Engagement, Mott MacDonald

Margaret Read

Director, Stakeholders and Programme (RAPID), Ofwat

Alasdair Reisner

Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Julia Pyke

Director, Financing and Economic Regulation for Sizewell C, EDF