Syed Kamall writes for City AM

In an op-ed for City AM, Acting Academic & Research Director Syed Kamall wrote about the introduction of Great British Railways, a new public body which will manage the UK's railways. Syed wrote about the origins of Britain's rail infrastructure, from Victorian ingenuity to post-war nationalisation and Majors privatisation. Syed said: "The new structure proposed ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in The Telegraph

The government have announced the launch of a new public body to oversee Britain's railways, harking back to the days of Great British Rail before the privatisation. Reacting to the news in The Telegraph, IEA Head of Transport Dr Richard Wellings said: "The new industry structure will retain a high degree of complexity and fragmentation, ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in the Independent

Reacting to the news the government will launch a new public body to over see Britain's railways, IEA Head of Transport Dr Richard Wellings was quoted in the Independent saying: "The new industry structure will retain a high degree of complexity and fragmentation, keeping costs high for taxpayers, but at the same time undermine the ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings quoted in the Telegraph

Responding to the news that HS2 legislation failed to mention the construction of phase 2b, the line from Birmingham to Leeds, IEA Head of Transport Dr Richard Wellings was quoted in the Telegraph saying: "The whole HS2 scheme is essentially a vanity project which makes no sense from an economic perspective and the eastern leg ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
The Supreme Court’s judgment on the Uber case last week has been welcomed rather too easily by commentators such as the Financial Times editorial team. It seems likely that the benefits of the Uber app for both customers and drivers will be lost. If the business survives at all, it will be a poor shadow of ... Continue reading
Transport
Paul Withrington was one of transport’s visionaries. His ideas promised a transformation in connectivity, with rapid, low-cost journeys right into the heart of the largest cities. The vast subsidies pumped into public transport would be consigned to history. And commuters could all be comfortably seated, ending the ordeal of standing cheek by jowl on railway ... Continue reading
Responding to the government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  “The government’s plan for a green industrial revolution is ambitious but relies on the false assumption that the state is best placed to pick winners when it comes to technology ... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth quoted in the Daily Mail

Road charges should vary according to levels of congestion, with drivers paying nothing when the roads are very quiet, argues the IEA's Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth. Quoted by the Daily Mail (Scotland), Philip warned that "The Treasury must not used road pricing as a cash cow". Article appeared on p12 of the Daily ... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth quoted by The Times

Responding to government proposals to bring in a national road pricing scheme, the IEA's Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth argued that the charges should vary according to levels of congestion, with drivers paying nothing at the quietest times. In a letter to The Times, Philip argues that “the Treasury must not use road pricing ... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth responds to road pricing proposals

Responding to reports that the Treasury is considering a new national road pricing scheme, IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth said: "The Treasury is right to examine nationwide road pricing, something which should have been introduced when the Smeed Report recommended it in 1964. However, it is important that road pricing properly reflects the cost of ... Continue reading