London Infrastructure Summit #iBUILD @nclceser

Yesterday’s inaugural London Infrastructure Summit, hosted by London First, coincided with the launch of ‘Long Term Infrastructure Investment Plan for London’ Progress Report. The programme included sessions on: the overall vision and plan for London; funding and financing; lessons learned from major projects like Crossrail and how Crossrail 2 may be realised; a debate on the appropriate airport solution for London; and how to build long-term consensus on future priorities for London. The event attracted over 300 delegates and an array of interesting speakers including: Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, GLA, Lord Andrew Adonis, Shadow Infrastructure Minister, Sir Adrian Montague, Chairman, 3i Group, Sir John Armitt, Chairman, Olympic Delivery Authority. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, provided an enthusiastic, witty and somewhat interactive, keynote address: his has his sights set on delivering Crossrail 2 by 2029! Overall consensus from the day: infrastructure investment requires public and private sector collaboration, certainty/public trust in plans, leadership and a deadline for project delivery.

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