Dr Richard Wellings quoted in The Times

The IEA's Head of Transport, Dr Richard Wellings, said: “The decision to go ahead with HS2 is deeply disappointing. With the predicted costs ballooning to £106 billion, the costs are now likely to exceed the benefits, and the project is highly unlikely to transform the north in the ways that have been promised. “Investment in ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted by France 24

Responding to the Prime Minister's decision to give the controversial HS2 project the green light, the IEA's Head of Transport Dr Richard Wellings said it was "deeply disappointing". Quoted by France 24, Richard said "the costs are now likely to exceed the benefits." Read the full article here.... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in the Financial Times

HS2 is  "highly unlikely to transform the north in the ways that have been promised", said Dr Richard Wellings, the IEA's Head of Transport in response to the government's decision to go ahead with HS2. Quoted in the Financial Times, Richard said "investment in alternative schemes — such as incremental improvements to existing infrastructure in ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in the Metro

With the Prime Minister giving the go-ahead to HS2, the IEA's Head of Transport, Dr Richard Wellings, called the decision ‘deeply disappointing’. He said: ‘With the predicted costs ballooning to £106 billion, the costs are now likely to exceed the benefits. And the project is highly unlikely to transform the North in the ways that ... Continue reading
Responding to the news that the Government is set to approve the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project, Dr Richard Wellings, the IEA’s Head of Transport said: "The decision to go ahead with HS2 is deeply disappointing.  "With the predicted costs ballooning to £106 billion, the costs are now likely to exceed the benefits. And the ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for the Daily Telegraph

Emma Revell, Head of Communications for the Institute of Economic Affairs, argues that the government's decision to ban the sale of hybrid cars - after a succession of ministers promoted them as a green alternative - shows "a lack of joined up thinking" when it comes to environmentalism. Writing for the Telegraph, Emma highlights other ... Continue reading

IEA quoted in The Sun

"The Government has failed to address adequately the challenges of rolling out extensive charging infrastructure across the country" in its plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars, says Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in The Sun, Richard warns that the environmental impact of electric ... Continue reading

IEA quoted in the Daily Telegraph

The government's plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035 "may force poorer motorists off the road" says Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, Richard argues the government should not pick winners and losers in the industry - something politicians ... Continue reading

IEA research referenced in the Financial Times

In expectation of an announcement on the future of HS2, the Financial Times has published an article outline the main arguments for and against the enormous infrastructure project. In the article the FT references work by the Institute of Economic Affairs which concluded the line could reinforce London's dominance rather than tackle regional inequality and ... Continue reading