Richard Wellings
4 June 2015

There have been various attempts to regenerate the cities of the North over the last fifty years or so. All have failed to transform the region. As a Policy Exchange study put it, ‘attempts to...
David Starkie
8 May 2015
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The 2015 election campaign offered the electorate a choice of policies on HS2: The two major parties, plus the Lib Dems supported the project, the Green Party and UKIP opposed it. But it was a case...
Richard Wellings
16 December 2014

The recent announcement that the projected cost of Crossrail 2 has risen to £27 billion should be cause for deep concern within the Treasury. Added to High Speed 2 and High Speed 3, this means...
Glynn Brailsford
12 December 2014
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With severe congestion on the roads, overcrowding on commuter trains and long delays at the hub airport, Britain's transport system seems to be grinding to a halt. These problems are the direct...
Ryan Bourne
29 April 2014

Yesterday saw the House of Commons give the green light to HS2 at second reading, with the bill now heading into committee stage. And as the debate has twisted and turned over the years, so the...
Agatha-Christie Onwuzuruike
17 March 2014

The centenary of the beginning of World War I is fast approaching. Not only is it a time to remember those that lost their lives; it offers economists young and old a lesson in behavioural economics...
John Burton
18 November 2013

One of the so-called ‘Big Beasts’ of UK politics and government, Lord Heseltine - formerly cast as ‘Tarzan’ by much of the media - has recently swung (again!) through the tree...
David S. D’Amato
11 September 2013
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In the face of mounting doubts as to the merits of High Speed 2 (HS2), Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin continues to maintain that the advantages of the mammoth project are ‘absolutely...
Peter Kain
30 July 2013

We are conditioned to accept that as projects such as High Speed 2 (HS2) are progressed, the cost estimates will rise. This, of course, invalidates a cost-benefit analysis – unless benefits are...
Kyn Aizlewood
10 January 2012

In July 2011, the IEA published a study on the government’s plans to develop a high speed rail network in England. High Speed 2 (HS2) extends the UK’s initial foray into high speed...
Richard Wellings
20 July 2011

Earlier this week, in a piece for ConservativeHome, Karen Lumley MP launched an astounding attack on the IEA’s latest research paper, High Speed 2: the next government project disaster? Her...
Richard Wellings
19 July 2011

Britain’s transport sector is cursed by endless intervention by politicians. Investment has tended to be driven by political priorities rather than consumer demand. The emphasis has been on...