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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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Mobilise public land to tackle London’s housing crisis

29th June 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 29/06/2015. A starter for ten. How much of the land in the London Borough of Southwark is owned by Southwark Council? 10 per cent? 20 per cent? More? Answer: 43 per cent, including, astonishingly, 10,000 garages, most of them part of council housing estates built in the [...]

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A booming West End will be fatally undermined unless we pedestrianise Oxford Street

29th June 2015

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This article originally appeared in City A.M. on 22/06/2015. Oxford Street needs to be pedestrianised. There is a growing consensus about this among traders, transport operators, and local councils. The question is when and how. The “when” is easiest to answer. The new east-west Crossrail line starts operating through Central London in four years’ time. [...]

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City Villages on BBC Daily Politics

18th June 2015

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On Wednesday 17th June, Andrew appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics show to discuss city villages and the potential for public land to better used to build more homes. The clip can be viewed below, or here on the BBC’s website. The IPPR report City Villages: More Homes, Better Communities edited by Andrew Adonis and [...]

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TfL could help fix London’s housing shortage as well as our trains

4th June 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 04/06/2015. London Overground has been a phenomenal success since its launch in 2007. This week’s addition of the West Anglia services from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford is great news for passengers, as these commuter services too come under Transport for London control. [...]

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Time for action: Cameron must commit to London’s crucial transport and infrastructure projects

13th May 2015

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This article originally appeared in the Evening Standard on 13/05/2015. The first weeks and months of a new parliament are critical for getting major infrastructure schemes under way.  Decisions ducked in a government’s brief “honeymoon” period often become too controversial thereafter, and the lead time between decisions and the start of construction — when projects [...]

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Why do so many governments achieve so little?

11th May 2015

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These book reviews originally appeared in the New Statesman on 04/05/2015. How to Run a Government: So That Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy Michael Barber Allen Lane, 337pp, £16.99 Who Governs Britain? Anthony King Pelican, 331pp, £7.99 It is remarkable how little most ministers and most governments achieve. A handful of reforms are the [...]

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