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Government infrastructure delegation visits Port of Liverpool

A delegation from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has visited the Port of Liverpool to assess its impact on the region’s economy.

The group headed up by chairman Lord Adonis and Lord Heseltine was given a tour of the port’s facilities including the new £400 million container terminal Liverpool2.

Peel Ports Group’s chief operating officer Gary Hodgson delivered a briefing on the firm’s investment programme for the logistics sector, which will see more freight transported by sea.

Hodgson says: “We were delighted to host Lord Adonis, Lord Heseltine and their commission colleagues for a tour of the new facilities at the Port of Liverpool, including our upgraded steel terminal, the biomass terminal and of course Liverpool2.

“We completely agree with the commission’s existing views that major improvements are needed in Northern road and rail infrastructure, especially as these are essential for maximising the benefits from our private sector investment.

“As active supporters of the Northern Powerhouse initiative, and the hosts of the inaugural partners meeting only last week, we are very pleased to offer whatever insight we can into planning transformational infrastructure projects.”

Liverpool2 was opened at the beginning of November by the Secretary of State for international trade Liam Fox.