Spain’s high-speed rail is a runaway success

13 August, 2014

Spain may have been facing severe economic problems but over the last year its high-speed rail has been a runaway success. Over the last 25 years Spain has made huge efforts to develop a modern standard-gauge railway network, with the country going from no high-speed lines at all to Europe’s largest high-speed network within this period. Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is operated Read on »


In Memoriam — Sir Peter Hall

4 August, 2014

Sir Peter Hall, doyen of British town planners, famous since his first book ‘The World Cities’ was published in 1966, died last week. He has been Professor at Reading, Berkeley and most recently University College London, and was a former President of the Town and & Country Planning Association and the Regional Studies Association.[1]

A hugely influential figure Read on »


Getting set for HS2: Responding to the HS2 Growth Taskforce

28 July, 2014

The government has responded to the independent HS2 Growth Taskforce’s report by challenging towns and cities to seize the full transformational potential of HS2, offering new funding to help local areas develop their HS2 strategies. The Taskforce published its report in March this year, highlighting the need for the country to get ready for HS2 – and setting out a list of practical and specific recommendations to help facilitate this.

Getting set for HS2: Responding to the HS2 Growth Taskforce recommends that places with HS2 stations should develop detailed strategies to make sure they can seize the economic opportunities that HS2 is expected to bring, and will also provide .


Could HS3 rescue our ailing regions?

23 July, 2014

Paul Ormerod’s recent opinion piece in City A.M. suggests that an imaginative, potentially risky concept like HS3 might address the geographically uneven nature of the recovery and alleviate the inertia in the labour market experiences of different local areas. Read the full article here:  Risky projects like HS3 are the only way to rescue our languishing regions


Spain records significant growth in High Speed Rail

13 May, 2014

Spain has recently recorded 23% growth in high speed rail patronage since 2013. RENFE has announced that following the introduction of a market-based fare structure in February 2013, the first 12 months has shown an increase of 23% in HSR passengers (from 12m to 14.9m) and revenue growth of 7% and average train occupancy/load factor up from 65% to 73%.