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ICE North West debate concludes transport solutions are at the heart of levelling up

17 March 2022

ICE President Ed McCann chaired this in-person event where over 100 attendees heard from transport experts from across the sector. 

ICE North West debate concludes transport solutions are at the heart of levelling up
The Future of Transport session was chaired by ICE President Ed McCann.

ICE North West hosted a debate this week which concluded that transport infrastructure is crucial to levelling up in the North.

Chaired by ICE President Ed McCann, the Future of Transport session heard from ICE members and speakers from across the transport sector.

Tim Smart from HS2, Peter Molyneux from Transport for the North and David Stones from National Highways were the key industry speakers.

Discussions centred around the role that HS2 will play in levelling up, how the roads could be better used and reducing the overall carbon load from transport.

More than 100 engineering professionals attended this in-person event hosted by ICE North West Chair, Chaido Doulala-Rigby.

Audience insights

Emma Antrobus, director of ICE North West, conducted a poll which confirmed that 97% of engineers agree that transport is a major element in levelling up. More than half of respondents highlighted transport as the most important element.

On what changes are needed to deliver long-awaited benefits for those living in the North, she said: “Multi-modal connectivity across road, rail, air and sea coupled with affordable and reliable public transport are the economic drivers that will bring about the step change required."

The debate found that to achieve the challenging net zero targets set nationally and regionally, there needs to be less competition between transport modes.

A real understanding of the infrastructure requirements to deliver seamless passenger-focussed travel will also be essential.

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ICE has recently published a green paper asking for more targeted investment in infrastructure as part of the government’s levelling up plans.

ICE has issued a call for consultation on the green paper, closing 8 April 2022.

Read the green paper

  • Lynn Caddy, communications lead at Institution of Civil Engineers