Madeline Grant writes for The Telegraph

Madeline Grant writes for The Telegraph on the over-zealous focus among UK policy-makers on rail. Madeline questions why a declining means of transport, that accounts for just 7 per cent of total passenger miles, receives so much investment. Instead, the UK should embrace the car revolution and invest in roads. 'Steam engines may have had ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA no-deal briefing on aviation features in The Sun

A new IEA no-deal briefing on aviation post-Brexit has featured in The Sun. There is no fall-back plan for air traffic control rights under World Trade Organisation rules in the event a deal cannot be struck with Brussels. But there are options available to the Government to put measures in place before March - and while it would ... Continue reading

IEA no-deal briefing on aviation features in the Daily Express

A new IEA no-deal briefing on aviation post-Brexit has featured in the Daily Express. The government will have the opportunity to arrange a solution, if we leave with no-deal. These included becoming members of the European Common Aviation Area but this would mean having to abide by EU rules. It would also more than likely ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA no-deal briefing on aviation features in The Independent

A new IEA no-deal briefing on aviation post-Brexit has featured in The Independent. The Government has plenty of options in a no-deal Brexit including joining other non-EU countries Norway and Iceland as members of the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) – although this would mean following EU rules and fudging the government’s Brexit red lines. Or negotiating a bespoke free trade agreement ... Continue reading

Richard Wellings comments in the Times

IEA Deputy Research Director Richard Wellings commenting in the Times, saying that the high levels of pay were “just the latest example of HS2 Ltd showing contempt for the taxpayers forced to fund this ill-conceived project”. “Given the weak economics and unpopularity of the scheme, the government’s strategy seems to be to buy the support ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant writes for Telegraph Refresh

Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the IEA, has blogged for the Telegraph Refresh on a recent action by black cab drivers against the ride-sharing app Uber. In her article, she argues that it seems an extraordinary basis for legal action - little stronger than Amstrad suing Apple for plummeting sales in the 1980s, or the Royal ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
It’s no secret that ambitious public infrastructure projects often end up running monumentally over budget. Recent transport history is littered with such examples, like the Jubilee Line Extension in the late 90s, which exceeded initial forecasts by over £1 billion. Or the Channel Tunnel, which ended up costing more than twice as much as originally planned, ... Continue reading
Transport

Madeline Grant writes for CapX

Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the IEA, writes for CapX on the expanding costs of High Speed Rail 2. She argues that the cost of previous white elephants will pale in comparison to the amount being spent on HS2. Ministers should write off HS2 as a loss, rather than commit upwards of £90 billion to ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant writes for The Telegraph

Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on the death of the car and how public policy has brought it about. Instead of playing Mystic Meg with public funds, the Government should promote smaller-scale, less risky investments, and, crucially, begin planning for the vehicle revolution and the ... Continue reading
Regulation

Jamie Whyte appears on BBC Newsnight

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Newsnight to discuss Uber's licence. In the interview Jamie argues that the taxi industry has been regulated to prevent new entrants from coming into the market. Uber's model circumvents those regulations, which is great news for consumers. Watch the full interview ... Continue reading