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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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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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London 2012 showed Britain’s infrastructure capability at its best

22nd January 2015

Lord Adonis, Progress AGM, London, England

This speech was originally delivered in a debate on infrastructure in the House of Lords on 22/01/2015. Check against delivery. My Lords, The case for improving investment in and planning for the country’s national infrastructure is compelling and I hope that today’s debate will promote consensus in working towards this goal from all sides of [...]

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How much should bankers be paid?

9th July 2012

Lord Adonis, Progress AGM, London, England

Originally in the Independent, 7th July 2012   Michael Gove has referred to the teaching unions as a “drag on the profession”. What is your response to that? The best arguments usually win and union leaders, like others, tend to want to be on the right side of the argument. The two most radical reforms [...]

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HS2 ‘dither and delay’

7th June 2012

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From the BBC website: The HS2 rail scheme might not be ready before 2030 because of “dither and delay” by ministers, former Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has said. The Labour peer said he feared the legislation needed for the project may not be passed within this parliament. Phase one of the £33bn high-speed rail link, [...]

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Don’t let delay – and the Nimbys – derail HS2

9th January 2012

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Originally published in The Times The urgently needed high-speed modernisation of our railways is being put at risk by slow-footed ministers The only thing high speed about the development of High Speed 2 in Britain is the treading of water. If Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, gives the go-ahead to the new rail line from [...]

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Cancelling Heathrow’s third runway was mad; let’s not repeat the mistake with HS rail

4th October 2011

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Times article on high-speed rail and Heathrow The Conservative conference is being targeted by anti-high-speed rail protesters from the Chilterns, battling it out with the leaders of the host city of Manchester who are passionately pro-HS2. It was the same at the Labour and Lib Dem conferences. For the golden rule of high-speed rail is [...]

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Fast Forward

24th September 2011

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For Progress We must not oppose high-speed rail for opposition’s sake. High Speed Two is Labour’s scheme in origin and conception. Our battle with the Tories should not be on the existing HS2 proposal, but on taking the line right through from London to Manchester and Leeds as a single project rather than stopping at Birmingham [...]

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HS2: “a great national cause”

10th August 2011

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My interview with Rail Open publication – Free publishing – More andrew adonis   Photo: Jon Curnow

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High Speed Rail: The UK needs another 1,000,000 Jobs

27th July 2011

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For the Huffington Post Today an economic report has been published that reaffirms what we have known all along. High-speed rail will deliver jobs and growth. The report, commissioned by Britain’s leading cities, is supported by politicians and business leaders alike and states that 1,000,000 jobs rely on the support of the Governments investment in [...]

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