Author Archives: René Lavanchy

About René Lavanchy

You can contact me at rene dot lavanchy at googlemail dot com.

Blog suspended

This blog is suspended due to illness.

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Pensions Infrastructure Platform: a solution in search of a problem

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

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How to do a huge new airport, Mexico city style

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

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UK airports: Boris Island crash-lands

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

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Meanwhile, over in the US…

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

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How will the UK pay for its future railway?

  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

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The Commonwealth Games 2014 and infrastructure (but mostly infrastructure)

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

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