strong case for Light Rail integration with HS2

Light RailVolterra partner Paul Buchanan was invited to give a presentation during this year’s 10th Annual UK Light Rail Conference in Nottingham, discussing the opportunities for light rail integration with high-speed rail. Norman Baker, former light rail minister; David Ralph, chief executive of D2N2; and Martha Grekos, partner and head of the planning and infrastructure team in London at Irwin Mitchell were also on the panel. Paul Buchanan’s views were that whilst LRT would be a good way of linking an out of town station to a centre it was still a poor substitute for a city centre station location in the first place. The main market for HSR is city centre to city centre, saving cost by putting stations in outlying areas only undermines the case for HSR.  You can read more about the debate and Paul’s view on the subject here.

Image: “UK London – Docklands Light Rail trains at Canary Wharf” by Lukemn licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.