Author Archives: Ian Waddell

About Ian Waddell

IAN WADDELL (R.T.P.I. Rtd) is an urban regeneration, economic development and transport Consultant. His career has spanned both public and private sectors and encompasses research, policy development, implementation and evaluation in every aspect of regeneration. He has taken a leading role in regional economic research, and has undertaken a series of major studies of aspects of public transport provision in the West Midlands.


HS2 is, at £50bn plus, the largest single infrastructure investment in the UK’s history. Probably the most critical of the benefits currently claimed for HS2 centre around its potential role in regenerating the economies of large parts of the Midlands … Continue reading

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HS2 – transforming regional economies or a costly white elephant? The verdict of independent experts

HS2 would be the biggest and most costly infrastructure project ever undertaken in the UK. Will it really provide the huge economic benefits claimed, or is it destined to become our next ‘Concorde’ – technologically very sexy, but financially a … Continue reading

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How will high speed rail impact on the West Midlands economy?

High speed rail (HSR) and specifically the current government proposal for an initial line running from London to Birmingham and Staffordshire (HS2) will, so it is claimed, have a major impact on the economy of the West Midlands. The Chancellor … Continue reading

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