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The case for high speed rail: a regional, social and economic perspective

1 February 2012

House of Commons, London

Joint event with the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and the Academy for Social Sciences (AcSS)

Chaired by Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of the Transport Select Committee this meeing examined evidence from the social sciences which can contribute to debates on the future of new High Speed Rail lines in the UK.


  • Professor Iain Docherty FRGS, Professor of Public Policy and Governance, Glasgow University, former Non-Executive Director of Transport Scotland and past Commission for Integrated Transport's Expert Academic Panel member.
  • Michael Ward, Research Fellow, Smith Institute, Executive Chair of the Board of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and co-author of 'High Speed Rail: Is Everyone on board?'(Clark, Doyle and Ward, 2011).
  • Professor Roger Vickerman ACSS, Professor of European Economics, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent.
  • Professor Henry Overman ACSS, Professor of Economic Geography and Director, Spatial Economics Research Centre, London School of Economics.
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