Sir John Armitt has been appointed as the new Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. He takes over from Lord Adonis, who resigned at the end of 2017.

Sir John was formerly Deputy Chairman and has been a member of the Commission since it was formed in 2015.

As Chair, he will lead the Commission in an important year as it publishes the first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment, looking at the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs up to 2050. The Commission’s current work also includes a new freight study and a Roads for the Future competition seeking ideas on how the country’s road network can be adapted for driverless cars.

Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said

“I’m delighted to have been appointed as the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission as we prepare for the publication of our first National Infrastructure Assessment later this year.

“Making the right choices about planning and investing in infrastructure is critical to the UK’s prosperity and quality of life. I want the Commission to remain focused on tackling the long-term issues of congestion, capacity and carbon – and to continue to hold the Government to account where decisive action is needed – so we can secure the improvements that companies, communities and families need.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners and listening to our stakeholders as we set out the way forward for the UK’s infrastructure.”

The government press notice confirming Sir John’s appointment can be found here.