My name's René Lavanchy. I'm a freelance journalist specialising in infrastructure, particularly financing, funding, procurement and policy. This blog parades a little of what I know (more here).
I've written about infrastructure for The Guardian, Total Politics magazine, Private Eye magazine and Modern Railways magazine amongst others. I also help out a certain corporate entity with it. Previously I was a senior reporter at Infrastructure Journal and a political/industrial/policy reporter at Tribune magazine.
I'm always interested in hearing about freelance writing and other opportunities. You can contact me at rene dot lavanchy at googlemail dot com.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
The UK Department for Transport’s rail directorate must be breathing a sigh of relief. It has signed off the financing* for the second phase of the £5.8 billion (contract value) Intercity Express Programme – four years and five months after … Continue reading
David Cameron, UK prime minister, was quietly defensive today of the regulated asset model that underpins the British water supply industry, when tackled on the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions. And well he might, because it’s the same model his … Continue reading
It’s nice to have your prejudices confirmed; not least because if it happens long enough, they stop being prejudices and become firm, evidence-based conclusions. With every passing month and every passing year, we are seeing that investment in infrastructure is … Continue reading
Patrick McLoughlin, UK transport secretary, gave a speech yesterday to the Association of Train Operating Companies marking 20 years since British Rail was privatised. You can understand why the Conservative politician was keen to celebrate the achievements, as he saw … Continue reading
A report in the Telegraph this week exemplifies everything that is wrong with the UK pension fund sector in their grasp of infrastructure as an asset class. According to the report, so-called ‘experts’ are unhappy that pension funds don’t have … Continue reading
There was a bit of an announcement about the UK government’s infrastructure policy the other day from Chief Secertary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, but I didn’t get round to reacting to it at the time. That doesn’t bother me … Continue reading
Muck around with Google Maps’ view of the Cairo conurbation for long enough and presently you’ll see odd dark patches like blobs of paint littering the desert that fringes New Cairo, the eastern outpost of the Egyptian capital. They are … Continue reading