City Talks

City Talks: How government works — lessons from HS2 with Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers joins Andrew Carter to discuss his experience as part of the Okervee Review on HS2.

Podcast published on 21 February 2020

After years of speculation and debate, the Government has given the go-ahead to HS2 — Britain’s biggest infrastructure project for a generation that promises to drive economic growth, redistribute opportunity and level up towns and cities across the UK.

Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London was a member of the influential Oakervee Review that advised the Government on whether to proceed with the project or scrap it.

He joins Andrew Carter to discuss his experience on the panel and the challenge of conducting an objective cost-benefit analysis for such a controversial project.

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