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

15th April 2016

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 [...]

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

25th January 2016

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 [...]

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Turning South London Orange

14th January 2016

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 from the Centre for London looks at opportunity to improve the extensive rail infrastructure of South London and deserves serious attention. Let me declare an interest – in its early [...]

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

22nd September 2015

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 [...]

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Making the most of HS2

17th September 2015

This speech was delivered to the House of Lords on September 16th 2015 My Lords, I declare an interest as the Secretary of State who initiated HS2, and now as a member of the HS2 board. The House is indebted to my noble friend Lord Hollick and the committee for their report. On the case [...]

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Unleash the entrepreneurs to tackle London’s school shortage

7th September 2015

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 07/09/15   London’s booming population is creating a massive demand for new schools. The capital requires 113,000 new school places over the next five years alone – equal to 10 per cent of existing school places.   Part of this demand can be met by expanding existing schools. But [...]

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The HS2 debate is over: It’s time to embrace the benefits

21st July 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 20/07/15. One of the consequences of this year’s General Election is that HS2, the high-speed line from London to the Midlands and the North, is now almost certain to happen. The immediate challenge for London business is to take advantage of the huge opportunities it provides for regeneration and [...]

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Better apprenticeships will transform UK productivity

13th July 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 13/07/15. Of recent proposals to boost growth and productivity in London, by far the most controversial is the Airports Commission plan to build a third runway at Heathrow. The government is split on the issue. Both Boris and his likely successor as Tory candidate for mayor, Zac [...]

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Resilience and revival: 7/7 bombings and London’s bid for the Olympics 10 years on

6th July 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 06/07/2015. Today is the tenth anniversary of London winning the competition to host the 2012 Olympics. Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the capital in recent times, when 52 people were killed and 770 injured by bombs on the underground and a [...]

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Heathrow backers take hope: the expansion will be built

6th July 2015

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This article originally appeared in the FT (£) on 03/07/15. History shows that UK eventually builds the infrastructure it needs, writes Andrew Adonis Sir Howard Davies’s report on airport capacity this week is the third official recommendation of an extra runway at Heathrow in the past 12 years. The Davies Commission cost £20m, lasted three years, and makes a [...]

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