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: April 2014
Buried deep in the financial case document for the UK’s High Speed 2 project is a curious figure. It will probably be overlooked in today’s parliamentary debate, where MPs are expected to give their support to the project in the … Continue reading
The private sector will not finance the construction of High Speed 2, and will not fund (that is, without repayment) more than “a small percentage of the core costs” either. I have been saying that since 2011 in articles, blog posts and an article … Continue reading
As I write this, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are giving a press conference talking about how they are supporting the creation of new infrastructure to boost the British economy. It may represent an epiphany on their … Continue reading
It’s taken seven years, but the UK government has finally finished agreeing on the supply of new trains to replace the ageing InterCity 125 and 225 sets used on the Great Western and East Coast main lines, under the Intercity … Continue reading
First Istanbul, now Sydney. Another commercial capital city is planning to build a new airport as London continues dragging its feet. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Tuesday that Sydney would be getting a second airport, to the west of the … Continue reading
How quick the British media was to pick up on the appointment of Ségolène Royal to the French cabinet by President François Hollande last week. They leapt gleefully on the idea that the lothario president had been forced to keep … Continue reading
Hopes that the British government might have a coherent plan for infrastructure were dashed when chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget speech a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t go entirely unnoticed that his reform of the pensions system – loosening … Continue reading