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The Infrastructure Forum

The Infrastructure 

The Infrastructure Forum bring together the key players in infrastructure, whether investors, operators, contractors, economic regulators or professional advisors. It has become the meeting place for confidential and constructive discussion about ways to promote the development of infrastructure networks in the UK and to broaden the range of options available to policymakers and regulators.

The expertise of its team, the knowledge and experience of its specialised working groups, and its excellent trusted relationships with public authorities and agencies in the UK and internationally all contribute to its effectiveness.


Investment in Rail

Kings Buildings

16 Smith Square


September 2024

The Infrastructure Forum has arranged a  special roundtable to connect private sector investors with the potential future pipeline of rail projects. Dame Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Transport, Lord Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, and Keith Williams, author of the Williams-Shapps review and Chair of Royal Mail, will lead the discussion with Directors General from the Department and leading international investors.

Speakers will include:


  • Dame Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

  • Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill CBE, Chair, Network Rail

  • Keith Williams, Williams-Shapps Rail Review

  • Alex Hynes and Nick Joyce, Directors General, DfT

  • Jeremy Westlake, Chief Financial Officer, Network Rail

  • Sir David Higgins, Chair, United Utilities & Gatwick Airport

  • Michael Gerrard Chair INPP and previously MD, Tideway

  • Martin Buck, Agilia and previously Commercial Director, Crossrail; and

  • Kamal Patel, Transport Corporate Finance Partner, EY


Darren Jones MP,

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

RAC Club, 89 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5HS

The latest Infrastructure Forum Advisory Council Meeting, held on 20 February, was addressed by Darren Jones MP, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The Forum's network were able to gain an understanding of Labour’s plans in relation to infrastructure spending, how to attract private investment, as well as progress with the Major Capital Projects Review and other manifesto issues. 


Image by Manuele Sangalli




The Infrastructure Forum has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister highlighting key elements in developing critical national infrastructure projects and addressing the approaches which will best facilitate this. The letter, signed by Richard Threlfall, Chair of TIF’s Advisory Council, emphasises the role of the Prime Minister himself, noting that it is his continuing personal support and engagement that can ensure Government Departments align behind policies to drive pace and efficiency in infrastructure investments.  The proposed National Infrastructure and Service Transformation Authority (NISTA) must, the letter says, be established in a way that provides it with high levels of authority and allows independent expertise and knowledge to be deployed in a transparent way. Amongst other proposals the letter highlights the need for far reaching review of HMT’s Green Book if the private finance needed to power growth is to be encouraged. 

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