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.
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This blog is suspended due to illness.
How are pension funds in the UK to be inveigled into investing in much-needed infrastructure? It’s a question that has been on the minds of politicians and policy wonks for a while, as this blog has observed. And we might have … Continue reading
Mexico City’s planned new mega-airport smells of ditchwater. Not in a bad way, mind. Reports earlier this month carried the announcement from the country’s president that the country’s biggest airport, Benito Juarez, is to be replaced as it can’t be … Continue reading
There’s been a lot of talk in the UK recently about the relative merits of expanding our biggest and busiest airport, London Heathrow, or building an entirely new one in the Thames Estuary as London Mayor Boris Johnson still wants. … Continue reading
It’s been two years since it was my actual job to report on infrastructure spending in the United States, but had I still had the same job, I could have reported on the latest developments by cutting and pasting my stories from … Continue reading
News in the Financial Times that the British government is trying to keep the £34 billion (US$57bn) debts of Network Rail, the owner-operator-maintainer-improver of Britain’s rail infrastructure, off balance sheet can only accelerate the debate about how to pay for … Continue reading
Attention today turns to Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, as the Commonwealth Games begin – and to the efforts the city has been making to regenerate and clean itself up from its gritty industrial past, in part through infrastructure initiatives. And … Continue reading