The Queen’s Speech has been delivered, with the government’s commitment to infrastructure reaffirmed.
Held just one week after the General Election which returned Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party to Number 10 with an increased majority, the Queen’s Speech forms part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony, which marks the start of each parliamentary year.
It outlines the government’s priorities in the coming months and years, and infrastructure features as one of the priorities.
Unsurprisingly, Brexit features prominently, as does the pledge to invest in the NHS. Her Majesty said: “My government will embark on an ambitious programme of domestic reform that delivers on the people’s priorities.”
Transport will benefit if the Prime Minister is to make good on his promises, with the Queen’s Speech declaring that the government “will prioritise investment in infrastructure.”
It confirmed that the National Infrastructure Strategy will be published alongside the first Budget of the new government, setting out plans to invest £100 billion in order to transform infrastructure in the UK.
The Strategy aims “to unleash Britain’s potential by levelling up and connecting every part of the country.
“Prosperity will be shared across all of the UK, and long-standing economic challenges addressed, through responsible and prudent investment in the infrastructure.”
The other aim is to build on the commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050; it is a promise that Theresa May made before the end of her time as Prime Minister, and several of Britain’s cities are making plans to meet these ambitious targets.
The government has committed to a number of reforms on the railway that will provide value for money for taxpayers and deliver economic benefits.
Major investments have also been committed to, including Midlands Rail Hub, which will improve services around Birmingham and throughout the Midlands; Northern Powerhouse Rail; and the reopening of a number of lines and stations closed under the Beeching cuts of the 1960s.