2 thoughts on “A fond farewell”

  1. Posted 13/11/2021 at 20:29 | Permalink

    I am sorry to see Richard leave the iea, but I am sure that he will continue to make an incisive contribution to debate on matters of political economy. As many people know, Richard and I were brought up in the same street (about nine doors apart). I did not discover that until he was already involved with the iea. He was a natural choice (and an excellent choice) as John Meadowcroft’s replacement when I needed a new Deputy Editorial Director. Perhaps HS2 will not happen. If it is cancelled, it will be, in no small part, due to Richard’s analysis. Much of the opposition is inspired by nimbyism and much of the support is inspired by financial and other vested interests. Richard’s is one of the few dispassionate analyses of the subject. Good luck and thank you.

  2. Posted 14/11/2021 at 14:35 | Permalink

    Richard wrote other transport and particularly rail-related papers in the IEA Discussion/Controversies Series. One that I would particularly like to mention because it has a great deal of relevance to the current debate on HS2 generally and particularly Phase 2b, is ‘Failure to Transform: High-sped rail and the regeneration myth’. This analysed the experience of the economy of east Kent following the introduction of HS1 services and indicated since their introduction the region performed worse than the rest of the South East. High-speed services failed to transform the regional economy and their impact was too small to counteract other economic factors. A positive re-generational impact from HS2 is by no means certain, indeed “… such an outcome is highly unlikely” was Richard’s message.

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