Category Archives: Transport

Midlands mega-city proposed to ‘obliterate’ countryside

Yesterday The Sunday Telegraph revealed a plan to “exploit the new and highly controversial” National Planning Policy Framework” to build up to 100,000 homes on green belt land in the Midlands. This development would “obliterate the open countryside … to … Continue reading

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Economy can’t fly without airports

It is sixty-six years since a full-length runway was built in the South East of England. While Amsterdam-Schipol, Frankfurt and Paris have been adding miles more runway, Britain has held ten aviation inquiries since 1946 and gotten nowhere.  The coalition … Continue reading

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Light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually.

Thinking about HS2… Twelve years ago I worked for West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM) – the programme to increase speed and capacity on the world’s busiest mixed-use railway.  Basically, WCRM was about stitching together the messy compromises of a 150-year-old … Continue reading

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Full speed ahead?

2012 started with good news for people who care about making this country a nicer place to live and a better place to do business. On January 10, the government gave the green light to High Speed 2: an exciting … Continue reading

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Victorian values re-evaluated

On Sunday inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson added his voice to the much-needed debate on planning in the UK.  Writing in support of a new Thames Hub airport for London (“Boris Island“) he laments “we have lost the ambition and vision of our Victorian ancestors. … Continue reading

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Plane sailing

The UK has not always been hamstrung by transport planning: big bold decisions taken centuries ago shape the world we live in today. Last week I took a ‘Fall Break’ to the New Forest in Hampshire.  First established in the … Continue reading

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Plane stupid

The UK economy can’t take off without airports.  But the modern British Disease – Planning Panic – once again stops us from taking the bold decisions we need to secure future growth. A global interconnected economy like Britain’s won’t survive … Continue reading

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