Lord Adonis steps down from NIC

The chair has cited irreconcilable differences with the government

Lord Adonis. Photograph: Cicero Group/Flickr
Former NIC chair Lord Andrew Adonis. Photograph: Cicero Group/Flickr

Lord Adonis has resigned as chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the body that provides the government with impartial, expert advice on projects such as HS2.

In his letter published on the 30 December he said “fundamental differences” with the government’s actions had forced his hand, “which simply cannot be bridged”.

This included disagreements over Brexit and transport secretary Chris Grayling’s “indefensible decision to bail-out the Stagecoach/Virgin East Coast rail franchise”.

Adonis was appointed as permanent chair of the NIC on 21 April 2017 having served as interim chair since October 2015.