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The truth about jobs in the European rail industry – don’t follow incumbents if you want Europe’s railways to prosper!

Lord Berkeley

Two recent reports demonstrate the risks to the European rail industry of being required to follow the policy of SNCF, made even worse by the recent restructuring of the railway there to re-integrated SNCF and RFF.   According to a study commissioned by UTP, SNCF and ARAF1, SNCF already employs up to 43% more people to…

French Nobel Prize winner slates French rail reform

Lord Berkeley

President Hollande of France has welcomed the award of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics to Jean Tirole as being ‘good for France.’   French economist Jean Tirole’s award was for his work on the financial crises, oligopolies and network industries.  He is one of the most influential economists of our time; his publications on industrial organisation…

HS2

Lord Berkeley

‘Passengers from HS2 to the Continent are set to trudge along Euston Road for the next 50 years’ The Government, having rightly cancelled its own HS1-2 link in the HS2 Bill as being not fit for purpose, plans to get the Commons to prevent the HS2 select committee from discussing any future alternative link. Whilst…

HS2 Higgins report welcomed

Lord Berkeley

David Higgins’ Review had some very sensible suggestions, including extending the line to Crewe at an early stage to avoid the traffic jam that would be caused by all those trains from HS2 and WCML converging onto the WCML there. I also welcome the removing the HS1-2 link; it was never fit for purpose, either…