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HS2 criticised by the IEA

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a Thatcherite think tank, has strongly criticised the government’s plans for HS2, the proposed high-speed rail link between London and the north of Britain. The trouble with the IEA’s paper is that it criticises how HS2 is being procured but does not make a positive case for reform.

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WLR could save the taxpayer £1 billion

The TaxPayers’ Alliance features the WLR. It says: The Government has recently set aside £500 million to build a rail link between Heathrow and The West and is likely to agree a similar figure for a line running south from Heathrow. But Windsor Link Railway, a private company, is competing to build the route and

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Edmund Burke on what’s wrong with our railways today

Edmund Burke, the eighteenth century philosopher and parliamentarian, once famously said that no man should be a judge in his own cause. It is remarkable that words written before the railways or the first steam engine were built, should be relevant to the problems of our transport today. However, being a judge in his own

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Rail Privatisation

Christian Wolmar and Tony Lodge debate rail privatisation on the BBC. WLR’s view is that the argument should not be a sterile one between full nationalisation and the partial nationalisation that is the current franchise system.

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Mrs Thatcher and the Jubilee Line Extension

With the sad death of Baroness Thatcher it is worth remembering the support she gave the creators of Canary Wharf, Olympia & York – without this it is likely the regeneration project of those former docks would not have been so much of a success.

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Rail’s second chance

The Centre for Policy Studies has published a paper on Rail’s Second Chance arguing that more competition on the railways produces better profits for operators and lower fares and higher satisfaction for passengers.

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Manchester United

The Economist has published an article on the Northern Hub, in Manchester. This is how it starts. FOR £33 billion and a 20-year wait, Britain is to get a high-speed rail line connecting London to the north of England. For £32 billion-odd less than that sum, it gets the Northern Hub. Far less controversial or

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