Dr Richard Wellings appears on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show

Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 2's The Jeremy Vine Show to discuss rail renationalisation. In the interview Richard argues that Lord Adonis's plan is potentially flawed because you wouldn't have a fair bidding process when one of the bidders is government owned. The whole ... Continue reading
Many of the 60% of the electorate who favour rail nationalisation may have forgotten, or never known, the depressing days of British Railways. But that past is another country: let it go. Right now in another country across the channel we can see just what renationalisation is likely to entail. Much of the French railway ... Continue reading
As the political calculations get trickier, the relentless campaign for a third runway by Heathrow’s PR machine has increased in intensity and inadvertently raised competition concerns. Following the work of the Airports Commission, the Government announced in the autumn of 2016 that its preferred scheme for an additional runway in the south-east of the UK ... Continue reading
Will regional airports in the UK gain in the future from an enlarged Heathrow and, if so, by how much? More UK cities might be linked directly into the Heathrow network and existing domestic services will get more frequencies (although how many more depends, amongst other things, upon future levels of airport charge and whether ... Continue reading

IEA report features in The Sunday Telegraph

The IEA's report on traffic lights and road congestion has featured in The Telegraph. The report found that coinciding with a rise in congestion, there were 25 per cent more of them in 2014 than in 200, while vehicle traffic rose just 5 per cent. Read the full article here. (££)... Continue reading
Last year, Transport for London (TfL) revoked Uber’s license to operate in London – a decision that Uber is appealing. This was exactly the wrong response to the disruption of taxi markets caused by smartphone-enabled ride hiring platforms, such as Uber. Instead, TfL should recognise that this new technology calls into question the need for ... Continue reading

Jamie Whyte appears on the BBC's Sunday Politics

Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Sunday Politics to challenge Labour's renationalisation plans. In the interview Jamie makes the point that these proposals demonstrate a failure to understand the benefits of trade. The idea that you can enrich yourself with a border - so you draw a ... Continue reading
I suggested in my previous blog on Heathrow that the proposal for a long 3,500m Northwest runway at the airport, included in the draft Airports National Policy Statement, be built in two phases, with the first long enough for short-haul flights (releasing capacity on existing runways for long-haul). There are a number of advantages associated ... Continue reading
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Hubris or incompetence, take your pick, but for one reason or another, Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) and its sponsoring Department, Transport, have just backed themselves into a corner over the proposed new Heathrow runway.  Following the work of the Airports Commission, the Government announced in the autumn of 2016 that its preferred scheme for an ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews does the paper review on BBC News

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC News to review the papers. On the NHS cancelling all emergency operations: Kate argues that we need to scrap this idea that the NHS is the envy of the world, particularly when you have consultants coming out and saying that the ... Continue reading