Mark Littlewood writes for The Times Business

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written on the recent decision of the government to review the high speed railway HS2. "Douglas Oakervee and Lord Berkeley, civil engineers, have the task of seeking out the “facts”. If their analysis is even halfway to being objective, it must be a near ... Continue reading

Richard Wellings signs letter to Yorkshire Post

Richard Wellings, Acting Research Director & Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written a letter to the Yorkshire Post. "HS2 was a flawed project from the start. The economic case for it never made much sense, which explains why the rationale for the rail project keeps changing." Read the full letter ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in The Sun

Dr Richard Wellings welcomed the government's review of HS2, saying "the economic case for it never made much sense". Richard, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted in The Sun arguing the review should "compare how the current HS2 budget could be spent in other ways. Lower taxes, less regulation, and ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in the Financial Times

Dr Richard Wellings, IEA Head of Transport, is quoted in the Financial Times, responding to the announcement that the government has launched a review into the future of HS2. “There’s a large chance the project will be descoped,” said Dr Wellings, “[t]hey will look for ways to keep the costs down.” Read the full piece ... Continue reading

HS2 was flawed project from the start, says Dr Richard Wellings

Commenting on the Government’s announcement to review the costs and benefits of rail project HS2, the IEA’s Head of Transport Dr Richard Wellings said: “HS2 was a flawed project from the start. The economic case for it never made much sense, which explains why the rationale for the rail project keeps changing. “We should welcome ... Continue reading
Transport
Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) had a setback last month. An independent proposal expanding Heathrow via an extension to the existing northern runway was granted permission to appeal a previous High Court judgement. This had allowed HAL to proceed with a north-west runway by way of the Airports National Policy statement. The appeal is scheduled to ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Taxpayers money should be spent wisely, not on the "breathtakingly expensive" HS2, argues Bob Seely MP. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Bob makes the case against HS2, setting out the reasons why he resigned to oppose the plans, including quoting IEA research which estimated the eventually cost of the project could top £80bn - well ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for CapX

Emma Revell, Communications Manager at the IEA, writes for CapX on why the Labour Party are right to focus on local issues that matter to voters. Labour announced they plan to invest over £1.3bn re-opening 3,000 bus routes that have closed over the last decade. Emma notes that while the plans may be ill-thought out ... Continue reading

Keith Boyfield writes for City AM

Keith Boyfield, IEA Research Fellow, writes for City AM on the troubles facing the British car industry. Keith notes that the performance of the pound against the Euro means sterling-priced cars are very attractive to buyers in the Eurozone, meaning Brexit cannot be to blame for poor sales. More likely, he suggests, that improvements in ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes in City AM

Kate Andrews, Associate-Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, wrote in City AM, welcoming comments that suggest HS2 will be included in the upcoming Spending Review. Originally touted by a Labour government and brought to life under the coalition, HS2 has faced scepticism and criticism from day one, in terms of both cost and practicality. ... Continue reading