The former chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Lord Adonis has pinpointed decisions on Heathrow expansion, HS2, green and nuclear energy and the expanded rollout of broadband as the areas that will define the success of this government’s infrastructure investments. Adonis was making the comments as he appeared before the business select committee to answer questions on how he assessed the impact of the NIC and the effectiveness of the government’s industrial strategy. The former Labour transport secretary resigned from his position as chair in December after accusing the government of “having no credible plan for the future of British trade and European co-operation”, while having a public spat with the current transport secretary Chris Grayling over the Stagecoach/East Coach rail franchise failure. The Labour peer also believed that more long-term thinking was needed by the government and its advisors when it came to the nuclear and green energy sectors. He suggested that those making decisions were not planning with an eye to the future and questioned whether the government could say how many nuclear power stations would be built during the next decade.
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