Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future for infrastructure in Liverpool: transport priorities, supporting local economic growth and linking development with the wider region

Morning, Friday, 28th June 2019

Central Liverpool


This conference will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the next steps for infrastructure in Liverpool.

With the Government’s Infrastructure Strategy due to be released later this year as a response to the National Infrastructure Assessment - and with the Government’s interim response re-emphasising support for Northern Powerhouse Rail - delegates will assess infrastructure priorities for the city region and how best to link up with national infrastructure more widely.

Delegates will also discuss the priorities for investment, with the city region due to receive additional funding from the Transforming Cities Fund and an extra £1.1bn announced in the Budget to be allocated to Mayoral Authorities on a per capita basis - and with the Mayor outlining a £500m Strategic Investment Fund to help transform the city region’s economy.

Sessions will also examine the impact of wider infrastructure projects and the opportunities they present, such as Network Rail’s multi-billion pound Great North Rail - designed to transform train travel for customers in the North and HS2 Phase Two - as the Government’s announces a one-year delay on the Phase 2b Hybrid-Bill.

With the Mayor re-emphasising his plans to take forward Mersey tidal power attendees will also discuss how best to utilise the River Mersey - with discussion of the potential for tidal power and how best to utilise the port.

Further sessions will assess how infrastructure can be utilised to support local economic growth - with discussion on bringing together stakeholders across housing, universities, businesses and the wider region to promote innovation.


Keynote Speakers

Paul Cherpeau

Chief Executive, Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Councillor Liam Robinson

Chair, Transport Committee, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; Member, Liverpool City Council and Chair, Merseytravel


Dame Louise Ellman MP

Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside and former Chair, Transport Select Committee.


Graham Botham

Strategy and Planning Director, North, Network Rail

John Irving

Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Senior speaker confirmed from Peel Ports