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Infrastructure Intelligence: Let’s get digital

The infrastructure sector needs visionaries and a will to collaborate if it wants to lead the march towards a world fit for the next generation, says Toby Ashong, Head of Infrastructure.

July 2015
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Utility Week: The rule of Three Letter Acronyms

Director of Infrastructure Toby Ashong gives his viewpoint on third party intermediaries (TPIs) in Utility Week. Do TPIs simplify a complex market or exploit customer ignorance?

July 2015
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Rail Professional: Where now for UK rail?

​Now that a political derailment has been averted, what does the future hold for the rail industry? Head of Infrastructure Toby Ashong investigates on page 27 of this month’s Rail Professional.

June 2015
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Construction News: UK study calls for government infrastructure support

Our industry research paper on the future of UK infrastructure has highlighted a need for clear government support and policy direction after the General Election, to ensure that projects are delivered.

April 2015
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Rail Professional: Perception is all

Head of Infrastructure Toby Ashong’s March column in Rail Professional addresses the topic: Value for money is in the eye of the beholder, and the retail world may have something to teach us.

March 2015
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Utility Week: The utility time-bomb

The banks were too big to fail and the taxpayer had to bail them out, but might the same thing not be true of privately owned monopoly networks businesses? Our Head of Infrastructure Toby Ashong fears it is.

February 2015
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Utility Week: Can Ofgem adapt to the fast-moving modern world?

Can Ofgem adapt to a world of rapid change, or is a new regulator one of the changes that’s needed? Toby Ashong spoke to Utility Week.

September 2014
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Rail Professional: Franchising - back on track?

​Head of Infrastructure Toby Ashong discusses the right model for rail franchising and looks at the three reasons it’s so hard to get right.

September 2014
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The Times: MCA Awards 2014

​Boxwood’s work was featured in The Times’ MCA Awards supplement for 2014. The piece explores Boxwood’s successful work with Balfour Beatty and the ‘huge team effort to cut costs but not standards’.

May 2014

New Civil Engineer: AMP6 ‘A Change is gonna come’

26 February 2014

Paul Cooper’s blog article of February 2014 was published by New Civil Engineer. AMP6 is coming and it would appear that very few companies are ready. Until now, the focus for even the most progressive water companies has rightly been on business planning, evaluating suppliers and awarding contracts. Now it is time to plan for the wholesale changes that will be required to their own businesses once AMP6 arrives, before it is too late…

February 2014
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Modern Railways: What happens when NR’s credit card maxes out?

Amish Patel’s blog article was published in Modern Railways. Every commuter on the British railway suspects something isn’t quite right. Signals sticking, points freezing, electricity failures, buckled rails - there is a seemingly never-ending litany of excuses played out across the tannoys and departure boards of our rail network. Behind the scenes, there’s even a book for them all - the Delay Attribution Guide - a tome that just gets longer and longer.

November 2013

Boxwood urges Government to attract private sector investors into UK infrastructure

Wall Street Journal: Boxwood today urged the Government to break through the stalemate that is currently stifling investment into UK infrastructure. In sector analysis, published to coincide with the UK spending review and the Government announcements on infrastructure spending, Boxwood outlines the blockages that hamper the process and examines potential solutions that could see a way forward for private sector investment.

July 2013
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Why not let DoR bid for franchises?

The rolling soap opera that is the UK’s rail franchise system has had its fair share of plot twists in recent times. It’s barely mid summer and for rail watchers 2013 already feels like an extended action-packed Christmas special. Directly Operated Railways was set up as ‘operator of last resort’, at a time when many believed the East Coast franchise failure and subsequent return to Government hands would not be the last of its kind. The real surprise since has been that DoR, far from being a limping ‘also ran’, has turned into one of the leaders of the pack.

July 2013

A lose-lose situation for new franchise rules

Rail Professional: The rail industry breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was announced that Cap and Collar would end with the current franchise cycle, but in a masterstroke that threatens to grab defeat from the jaws of victory, the replacement scheme based around GDP risk sharing has seemingly inherited many of the major weaknesses of its forebear. Worse still, it is missing a real opportunity to use the franchising model to provide a desperately needed boost to the UK’s rail infrastructure.

July 2013
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Boxwood gets Highly Commended in the Change Management category at the MCA Awards for its work with

We are delighted to announce that we were Highly Commended for our work with Tube Lines at the MCA Awards which took place in London last night. The MCA awards have been celebrating the value of consulting for 16 years, by promoting the very best projects and consultants that the industry has to offer. Click left to download the video and case study.

Boxwood shortlisted for MCA Awards 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Change Management in the Private Sector category for our work with Tube Lines. Read more.

January 2013
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