The Institution of Civil Engineers is offering members of the public the opportunity to hear about the future of Transport in the North East, from one of the country’s top infrastructure experts at its 125th Anniversary Prestige Lecture.

The talk will be given by David Brown, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, who is tasked with improving transport infrastructure and connectivity across the North of England.

ICE’s events are usually only open to its 86,000 members, of which there are more than 2,000 in the North East. Because this Prestige Lecture celebrates the institution being in the region for 125 years, and due to considerable public interest in the topics of transport and the Northern Powerhouse, ICE has decided to open it to the public.

The lecture is from 17:45 to 21:00 on Tuesday 6th December, at the Great Hall in Northumbria University’s Sutherland Building. Tickets are available online, from ICE’s website.

Transport for the North, which is one of three key pillars of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse, aims to make economic growth in the North at least as high as the rest of the country, to complement and act as a balance to the economic weight of London.

ICE Regional Director Penny Marshall said: “We are delighted to open up our 125th anniversary Prestige Lecture to the people of the North East. Transport for the North has the potential to be a transformative force for the whole North of England, so what David has to say is extremely relevant to the economic and social future of our region.

“With changes expected to Government policy on infrastructure and questions to be answered about the Northern Powerhouse, this talk will be extremely informative.”