Turning South London Orange

Tackling congestion and promoting new housing and jobs are critical challenges in London. Improved rail infrastructure has a critical part to play. A new report...

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The Thames is both an asset and a liability – due to the lack of East London road crossings

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 21/09/15 After decades of post-war decline, the Thames has undergone a renaissance and is once again at the economic heart of London. However, if it is one of the capital’s greatest assets, it is also one of its greatest liabilities – because of the inability to get across the Thames by road in most of East and South East London. The Port...

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My speech – High Speed Rail Bill, House of Lords, Thursday 14 April

My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of HS2. It is almost exactly six years since, as Secretary of State for Transport, I presented the plans for HS2 to the House. HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project in Europe; it is remarkable how rapid the progress has been from conception to the verge of construction, thanks to effective policy and project planning and strong cross-party support. At...

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New Street, New Station, New Jobs: Birmingham’s innovative infrastructure points to the future

Birmingham New Street station is one of Britain’s key transport hubs, catering for 117,000 passengers a day across 12 platforms, with direct links to 275 destinations across the country. It is 163 years old, and located right in the heart of the city, but until five years ago it had one major draw-back – it was awful. Dark, dinghy, and decaying, Birmingham’s central station could not have offered a worse...

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