Aerial view of Leeds

West Yorkshire devolution races towards net zero with National Infrastructure Commission

Earlier this week, West Yorkshire leaders and businesses met up with the National Infrastructure Commission to get a grip on what the infrastructure priorities for the city are.

Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, and West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin, co-hosted a roundtable with representatives from Leeds City Council, and the businesses responsible for the most important aspects of the city’s infrastructure.

The main focus was on improving connectivity, with the Commission learning of the region’s plans to get the most value from the planned investment in a mass transit system, which is part of the region’s devolution agreement with the government, in order to help improve productivity levels, raise skill, and increase investment across West Yorkshire.

Following the roundtable, Tracy Brabin, said:

“The National Infrastructure Commission plays an important role in government decision making and we were keen to help them understand the challenges and the opportunities facing West Yorkshire. Today was an opportunity to showcase the infrastructure improvements we’re already making, but also to outline our vision for mass transit in West Yorkshire and the role it can play in connecting all communities to jobs and opportunities and improving our air quality.

It was great to have a chance also to discuss how we can get the most value out of the funding we receive from West Yorkshire’s devolution deal, by working in partnership with the NIC.”

As well as the investment and improvement opportunities, commissioners also discussed how West Yorkshire are responding to the challenge of net zero and carbon reduction, and how they are making use of the tools and technology that is available to them, and the opportunities for financing to meet the goal. They also shared the outcomes of the NIC’s report on how public transport can help, by reducing traffic congestion in major cities.

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:

“West Yorkshire is a place where industry and innovation flourishes, and effective long-term planning and investment will help ensure that remains the case for decades to come. The country as a whole faces an array of challenges and opportunities in the second half of this century, and today’s visit has given us invaluable insights to inform the recommendations we’ll make in next year’s National Infrastructure Assessment.”

Public Sector Executive, Feb/March, Cover

PSE Feb/March, 23

Greater choice, greater results

Our February/March 2023 edition of PSE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of key public sector topics, from EV infrastructure to Digital transformation and reducing carbon emissions. Learn how the UK Government is investing in highway and freight innovation or read Cllr Matthew Hicks discuss the first step towards an exciting future for Suffolk, alongside so much more…


View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation Virtual Event | 21 Mar 2023

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Industry Survey

What are the biggest issues facing the Public Sector?

 Public Sector Executive is undergoing some in-depth research around the issues the Public Sector is facing and the importance of deploying and using new technology within Public Sector organisations. 

We are asking for your help to better understand how public sector organisations are utilising technology to support their digital strategy and your opinion on what the biggest issues facing the public sector are.

This survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete and to thank you for your time and for filling out our survey, we'll enter you into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

In order to assist public sector organisations with improving their existing technology estate, we hope to leverage our findings to share best practises and innovations across the public sector.

More articles...

View all