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: Rolling stock
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
Sorry to be crude but I just read a press statement from Mary Creagh, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, about the announcement on Thursday that Bombardier (a Canadian firm) has won the contest to build trains for London’s forthcoming Crossrail line. … Continue reading
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