At Euston, we can now save HS2 £4.7 bn!

Lord Berkeley

Euston Amalgam – a combination of Euston Express station for Euston and modifications to HS2’s approach tunnels. Further discussions with the Department for Transport, HS2, Network Rail and others persuaded the Euston Express team to examine an alternative scheme which retained the E Ex scheme for Euston Station, with all tracks for WCML and HS2…

Calling an early election…

Lord Norton

There is much speculation about the Prime Minister ‘calling’ an early election.  A Prime Minister cannot ‘call’ an early election.  The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 put paid to that.  I have previously explained the provisions of the Act.  The PM can go to the House of Commons to get it to vote (by a 2/3…

The Future of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Lord Hylton

What was probably the first attempt at a National Dialogue took place in Sarajevo from October 28 – 30 2016.   It was national in the sense that some 40 participants were people already active in civil society and voluntary organizations.  There was a good male/female balance, with representation of youth groups and older people, some…

60 years before Dawlish rail is made ‘resilient’

Lord Berkeley

rc161010 NR on SW improvements In October, Network Rail finally presented its Resilience Study and Flood Prevention Study to the All Party Parliamentary South West Rail Group. It has been a long time coming, and so has the delivery of this report, delayed I understand by the Department for Transport. The Report is designed to…

Syria and Iraq : Tale of Two Cities

Lord Hylton

This is the text of a letter I sent to the Financial Times on 7/10.16 – not published: The Western media have reported at length on conditions in Aleppo, usually from the rebel anti-government side.  Writing from Lebanon and Turkey, they have reflected the views of Al Arabya and Al-Jazeera. They have also described military…

Planning, Democracy and Destruction

Baroness Deech

Fracking was in the news today, as government approval was given to fracking sites in Lancashire, despite the widespread local opposition to it, and against the wishes of the County Council.  I am not surprised. Government spokespersons bombard us with promises of plans for local democracy and consultation; councils promise residents that their wishes will be…

Eurostar the bike haters!

Lord Berkeley

How many train companies across Europe require Brompton bikes to be put into bags before they are allowed on the train? Answer only one – Eurostar!  And up to January 2016, only when travelling from London. Since this date, apparently this applies when you are travelling out from Paris, as I found to my cost…

Lord Berkeley

Infrastructure needs its own checks and balances   Lord Berkeley – presentation to All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure, 6 September 2016.   Infrastructure needs its own checks and balances Lord Berkeley – presentation to All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure, 6 September 2016. I want to reflect today on the role both of the…