Andy Street is right to say "we should reinstate the plans to link HS2 to Eurostar, so we can run direct trains from Manchester and Birmingham to Paris, Brussels, and beyond." The answer to this request lies in the HS4Air proposal by Expedition Engineering which features a high speed orbital railway around London connecting HS2 with HS1. This would not only provide direct connections for Birmingham and Manchester to continental Europe, but also provide them with direct fast access to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
Comment on: Eric Parry unveils new City of London tower
The combination of the City's narrow streets and the lack of clear set-back rules for new towers means that street level spaces are becoming deprived of sky exposure and the collective massing of the City's towers leaves no visible gaps between towers. The City of London looks destined to win awards for having the ugliest looking clump of towers for any major city.
Judging by the design of this viaduct, it seems HS2 are happy to deprive passengers on HS2 trains of having any views of passing landscapes due to the tall opaque parapets on the viaduct deck. This could deter passengers from choosing to travel on HS2 as opposed to classic lines which have clear landscape views.
The only way to prove whether or not Mr Finch's optimism that a post-Brexit UK (based either on Boris Johnson's deal or "No Deal") will see a plentiful amount of new homes, hospitals, schools and infrastructure would be for Brexit to actually happen.......
Unfortunately it would be a very costly way for Remainers to prove a point if Mr Finch was indeed shown to be wrong and the UK economy is badly damaged as a result of Brexit. The pipeline of homes, hospitals etc that Mr Finch sees through his rose-tinted glasses would fail to materialise in this scenario.
Comment on: Brits lined up for Saudi ‘giga-project’ Qiddiya
In order to address the Architects declare agenda, I would have thought all of the architectural practices involved would be more than happy to commit to basing their entire projects team in Saudi Arabia for the duration of the project in order to minimise travel by air.