NIC backs local infra strategies

The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has unveiled a new programme to encourage local leaders to develop long-term infrastructure strategies.

A pilot scheme working across five localities has been developed by the NIC that aims to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities.

The initiative will see the local leaders share knowledge and expertise to improve infrastructure and help tackle issues such as local bottlenecks and transport congestion.

West Yorkshire, Liverpool City Region, Derby, Basildon, and Exeter will work with the NIC on in-depth case studies over the next year.

“Our new partnership programme will help our five chosen cities to design plans to improve their local transport – which in turn will demonstrate the real benefits that devolving funding for the long-term will bring,” said NIC chairman Sir John Armitt.

“On top of this the series of events we’ll be running across the country will give dozens of cities from the North East to the South West the chance to share knowledge and expertise.”