Daniel Durrant

Evaluating grand infrastructure projects like HS2 using cost benefit analysis may actually make the case harder to make

The HS2 infrastructure project has seen its estimated cost rise dramatically, to the point where many are questioning whether it is worth going ahead with it. Dan Durrant writes that this highlights the problems with the cost benefit analysis (CBA) used by government to evaluate if projects are worthwhile. It narrows the conversation about how we do weigh up the […]

September 12th, 2013|Daniel Durrant|2 Comments|

HS2 and the politics of big infrastructure projects: Civil society needs to be included in the decision making process

With parliament making the ultimate decision regarding HS2, much of the debate about the principles of the project will be conducted within civil society. We need ways of making these big infrastructure decisions that weigh local impact against the national interest, writes Dan Durrant. HS2 and The Big Society may seem to have little in common. One is a big, expensive, national strategic […]