Strong foundations? The Government’s Housing White Paper

The government’s Housing White Paper had been heavily trailed and expectations were high as Sajid Javid delivered his statement in the House of Commons this afternoon. Having set out the scale of the challenge facing the country in relation to housing since Theresa May’s ascension as prime minister, pressure was on the government to deliverRead more

How will the new Government approach Infrastructure?

Following a surprise outcome in the UK’s general election, what will the new administration mean for infrastructure investors? Dominic Church and Angus Hill of Westminster Advisers have offered their insights in Infrastructure Investor magazine. With the potential to significantly change the landscape for infrastructure, understanding how the new, and unexpected, Conservative majority government will operateRead more

The Age of George

As the dust begins to settle on last week’s Budget, the Chancellor will be pleased that, so close to the election, there hasn’t been a major unravelling of his proposed measures. Supported by a range of good economic news, including a further fall in unemployment and an uprating in expected growth in 2015, the ChancellorRead more

Boris island – Is political ambition on airport capacity dead in the water?

It was the decision that we had largely been expecting. Sir Howard Davies has today decided that Boris Johnson’s Thames Estuary plans for a new airport on the Isle of Grain should be taken no further as a possible contender in the race to provide additional runway capacity in the South East. The London MayorRead more

High Speed 1 at 20: Lessons learned for HS2

This week saw the 20th anniversary of the completion of High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), arguably one of the most important civil engineering projects of the last 100 years. Whilst few would disagree that the Channel Tunnel remains an outstanding feat of construction, its delivery was not without its difficulties, andRead more

The Dangers of the Davies Commission

The Davies Commission, in its interim report published today, has concluded that two of the three options for building a new runway in the UK should involve expansion of Heathrow.  Some are saying this is controversial.  But it is only so from a political perspective, given the agitation Heathrow expansion causes in those West andRead more

Infrastructure and politics: an uncomfortable relationship

As far as an idea goes, High Speed 2 is noble. Its key purpose is to ‘rebalance’ the UK economy away from London and the south east (although I suspect the UK economy has never really been ‘balanced’). By increasing the speed with which businesspeople can travel between London and, say, Manchester, proponents of HS2Read more