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.
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 for a fraction of the cost. It is proposing the first wholly privately funded new rail line in over 100 years. [More...]
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.
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 glamorous — the funding process was a bit like a church-roof appeal at first, says Chris Fletcher of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce — the project is a terrific