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Steve McDowell

Data efficiency is coming – ready or not.

Look at any city skyline and what familiar shape will you see? Cranes. Big cranes, of all kinds and colours denoting scores of different owners and operators. Imagine now if there was only one owner operator and that was Google, or even Tesla. The world and its industries have been reinvented by the collection and...
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Blacktop Stopgap

Heavy Goods Vehicles are like traffic wardens. We all understand they are necessary but very few people actually like them. But the simple fact of the matter is that the big fellers are an absolutely vital part of the distribution chain anywhere but most acutely in the UK where freight movement by rail is only...
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Same old congestion, new approach?

Tedious congestion is projected for years to come, but will our infrastructure supply be about to change? asks economics student and EIX business development assistant Tomás Clarke. As a Londoner, I have been using the capital’s transport infrastructure my whole life and as a result I feel a great responsibility to find multiple ways of...
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10 reasons why insurance companies should be excited about infrastructure as an asset class

Bridges and tunnels have not traditionally enjoyed a reputation for being the raciest of asset classes, more boring brickwork than beautiful bridesmaid. Yet, there can be no doubt that infrastructure as an asset class is mushrooming on the back of interest from smaller and medium-sized investments, rather than it seems, the mastodon of insurers and...
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Why can’t we raise London’s Airports from Soviet Planning?

By Professor Michael Mainelli Consider these: 788, 786, 783, 769, 766.  No, not Boeing airplane numbers, these are the ratings of the top five cities in the 24th Global Financial Centres Index (September 2018), New York City, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai.  London has lost its top ranking, and three Asian centres are now...
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Can 2018 show the way ahead for infrastructure activity?

There is light, we are told, at the end of a long and winding tunnel for infrastructure in the UK if the Government supports it. At a time when the upper echelons of the UK Government are side tracked by the Gordian Knot presented by Brexit and impressive sideshows like collapsing High Street retailers, infrastructure...
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INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT – WHY SHORT-TERMISM IS LEAVING US ALL SHORT

If you want good infrastructure, you need a long horizon. The trouble is, it is increasingly obvious that the attention span and thus behaviour of investors around the world is getting nearer to a quick fix than a long-term solution. And, as we all know, infrastructure is about as long-term as investment gets. The annual...
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Underfunded London needs infrastructure now, says the Mayor

Immediate investment in the capital’s infrastructure could boost the UK economy by more than £33bn per year and alleviate the growing housing crisis. A report commissioned by London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, from Swiss-based analysts Greenwood Strategic Advisors, shows investment in projects in the capital could add 400,000 new jobs and a “similar number” of new...
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Thinking globally, acting locally – the case for regenerating Scotland

by Graham Ross Have no doubt about it, Scotland is ambitious. Brave too –bold plans are emerging to create a true 21st-Century, carbonless, super-connected, intellect-driven economy and the infrastructure to run it on. Scotland has many of the tools she needs to achieve this but she also faces enormous challenges generated by her characteristically extreme...
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How can we get insurers to pay for the new Britain?

With a stroke of a pen the Government could get insurance companies to pay for the regeneration of Britain and fill the massive funding gap in infrastructure investment. We need to spend billions on our housing, transport, energy supply, telecommunications and education, but government, quite simply does not have the money. All it needs to...
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