Future Cities Forum 'Infrastructure 2021' and station-led regeneration

St Pancras International Station (showing Eurostar trains level with retail below)

Future Cities Forum will be holding a rail and station-led regeneration event with - among our panellists - Stephen Dance, Head of the Commercial Adviser Team at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Henri Murison, Director of The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Nathan Marsh, Chief Digital Officer, Costain, Peter Farmer, Director of Chapman Taylor's UK Transportation Sector and Cannon Ivers, Director, LDA Design.

The forum will ask questions around how investment is being used to link the north and south of the country (and between regional cities), whether there has been a significant move recently towards joining up housing and infrastructure, how transport systems can be made more efficient through franchising, how digital infrastructure can make infrastructure build and maintenance smarter and safer during the pandemic and how station-led developments are providing important new drivers for the economy in the UK and abroad.

The UK government has just launched a £794 million investment to boost rail links in north and south. It is the final round of 'Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund' and proposals are being invited to restore railway lines, services and stations that were closed to passengers in 1964.

It is a package to reopen two important rail routes closed more than 50 years ago and includes the delivery of the next phase of East West Rail, which will create 1,500 skilled jobs, and reinstate direct rail services between Bicester and Bletchley for the first time since 1968. It also includes £34 million to progress plans to reopen the Northumberland line between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Ashington, which closed to passengers in 1964 as part of the Beeching cuts.