Published: 28th Jun 2012

A study mapping government policies in England shows the importance of understanding the bigger picture, as Cecilia Wong, Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Andreas Schultz-Baing and Brian Webb explain In a recent article written for The Observer, the columnist Will Hutton asks the question: ‘Where are the new airports and railways we so desperately need?’ Currently infrastructure is a source of political fancy – the National Infrastructure Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) are testament to this – and so Hutton’s question is not only loaded with political implications but offers an insight into the challenges facing the long-term sustainability of Britain’s infrastructure nodes and networks. A close reading of Hutton’s piece is somewhat revealing. In pinpointing the reasons for Britain’s deficient infrastructure system, Hutton’s focus is not on the current economic woes or even the difficulties that come with engaging with a hard-nosed private sector – as you … (To read the full article, subscribe below)