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LOCOG boss to take on infrastructure plan

LOCOG boss to take on infrastructure plan
The government has handed one of the people behind the successful running of the Olympic Games the task of taking on the UK's National Infrastructure Plan for the foreseeable future.

Prime minister David Cameron announced that London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chief executive Paul Deighton will be responsible for improving the infrastructure around the country making travel easier for all individuals using public transport. Mr Deighton will be given the title of Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and it is part of much wider shake-up of Whitehall departments by the prime minister.

Mr Cameron expressed his delight at being able to welcome the former Goldman Sachs banker into the new role and he will take a seat next to chancellor George Osborne in the House of Lords.  Mr Deighton's first task will be to kick start the government's £50 billion infrastructure plans by boosting the amount of private investment that is currently going into the project.

Mr Deighton spoke of his delight at getting the position, stating: "The public/private sector collaboration in delivering these Games has been vital to their success. I am delighted to accept the prime minister's and chancellor's offer to apply this experience and what we have learnt to the broader UK economy.

"I very much look forward to taking on my new responsibilities in January 2013.  In the meantime my entire focus is on delivering a fantastic Paralympic Games that continues to showcase great sport and the best of Britain to the world."

The government has been keen to ensure that the Olympic Games is not just remembered as a two-week sporting event and want it to create a lasting legacy across the country. Following the event the Road Haulage Association (RHA) was quick to praise Transport for London (TfL) in the way it had managed to organise sufficient routes for traffic heading to the Games site and also commended the much-debated Olympic Road Network, which allowed traffic to move freely to the site situated in Stratford.

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Date: 05/09/2012 15:55:29

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