Press release

Trans-Pennine Tunnel Study: response from Lord Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission

'It is time to make the North a powerhouse again – and we can only do that with a new era of infrastructure investment.'

It is time to make the North a powerhouse again – and we can only do that with a new era of infrastructure investment. The independent National Infrastructure Commission will help unlock the jobs and growth of the future by considering how we do exactly that.

The NIC will assess all the evidence and provide independent advice to government on the future priorities to improve connectivity amongst the great cities of the North, and this report will form an important part of that review.

For too long, the British people have had to suffer from the delays, congestion and excessive journey times caused by successive governments failing to plan long term on big infrastructure projects. It’s time for a new approach, building broad consensus behind a long term plan backed up with serious and sustained investment. That is what the National Infrastructure Commission will help create.

Further information

Read the Trans-Pennine Tunnel study interim report.

To share your views on the Trans-Pennine Tunnel study interim report email chair@infrastructure-commission.gsi.gov.uk