News Desk

28
Mar

How come there are no potholes in The Netherlands?

No-one who has ever been there, would deny The Netherlands has extremely good infrastructure. It has more bridges, more railway, more motorway and more functional waterways per square kilometre than any other country in the world. And that’s before you get to the tunnels, bicycle tracks, causeways and, well, you name it. What’s more –...
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13
Mar

Subdued Spring Statement seeks Infrastructure consultation

Interested parties have until June 5 to submit responses as the Infrastructure and Projects Authority published a consultation on ‘our’ approach to private money in infrastructure projects. The paper comes in the wake of the UK’s changing relationship with the European Investment Bank. If a ‘smooth and orderly’ Brexit can be arranged, said Chancellor Philip...
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21
Feb

Special report: Infrastructure shortage huge barrier to African development

IT TAKES 12 days and costs 625 US dollars to export a container from Egypt; transporting the same container from the Central African Republic takes four times as long and costs almost nine times as much, according to World Bank estimates. The growth potential from resolving key infrastructure gaps is hugely significant. The World Bank...
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15
Jan

White Elephants and Red Faces – how to duck the shame

To paraphrase the ex-US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s infamously clumsy yet relevant description of situational analysis, there are known knowns, known unknowns but it’s the unknown unknowns that really get you. The occasional creation of white elephants is an inevitable part of infrastructure building, but the key question is, can we mitigate the possibility of...
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03
Jan

Great White Elephants of infrastructure

Since the ill-fated Tower of Babel, grandiose schemes inspired by a mixture of imagination, over-optimism, greed or vanity have fallen foul of expectations. These so-called white elephants punctuate history as unheeded warnings to the ambitions of humankind. Bridging the Hellespont? What was Xerxes thinking? Blenheim Palace, the Maginot Line, even the iconic Empire State Building...
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10
Dec

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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22
Nov

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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31
Oct

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
Oct

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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