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Mayor of London calls for UK-wide infrastructure boost

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for a major increase in infrastructure spending across the UK to mitigate the effects of Brexit.

Mr Khan voiced his concerns over the UK’s infrastructure pipeline ahead of talks with the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis regarding increasing transport investment across the country.

The mayor said: “Increasing investment in new infrastructure is essential to supporting new growth and jobs in the decades ahead, particularly as Britain leaves the European Union.

“I will continue to put the case to government that good-quality, modern infrastructure, including new roads, railways and state-of-the-art broadband and mobile connectivity is crucial if this country is to remain a global economic powerhouse.

“London grinding to a halt is not in the nation’s interests, and nor is it in the interests of London that the North of England’s transport network continues to be woefully inadequate.”

The mayor’s intervention comes after senior figures including the mayor of Greater Manchester voiced anger over the cancellation of major transport improvement projects shortly before the transport secretary gave public backing to the £31bn Crossrail 2 project.

The National Infrastructure Commission has published a list of the 12 key infrastructure decisions that need to be taken for projects to go ahead across the country, including: the next stages of High Speed 2 that will connect Birmingham, Crewe, Manchester and Leeds; High Speed 3 linking the major northern cities; Crossrail 2; and increased investment in broadband and 5G mobile.

Mr Khan added: “We cannot afford for new infrastructure investment in any one region to be seen as a zero-sum game – if Britain’s economy is to succeed we need to see increased investment across the country.

“I will continue to provide any technical or political support I can to other mayors and local authorities across the UK in order to develop infrastructure plans in their areas.”

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