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.
Category Archives: Rail infrastructure
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
Yesterday evening I was in Broadcasting House, the headquarters of BBC News, watching a big screen carrying an exclusive report from their business editor, Kamal Ahmed. China, he reported, is seeking to finance the construction of High Speed 2, the planned … Continue reading
British media were full of stories last week that Ed Miliband, who might well be prime minister next year, is being urged to renationalise train companies. Too much money, the argument goes, is being funnelled into the pockets of … Continue reading
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
You don’t get to be the £597,000-a-year chairman of a big government-owned company like HS2 Limited without knowing how to handle demanding politicians and a dimwitted public. And so it is with Sir David Higgins. His report ‘HS2 Plus’ published … Continue reading