Welcoming the news, Helen Liddell said: 'I am delighted with the 1999 TENs settlement for the United Kingdom. We have again secured significant contributions for our two priority rail projects in the UK. I also welcome the award of funds for continued studies and projects on improving ground transport access to UK airports and for studies on the development of satellite-based navigation systems.'
86%t of the funds will go to the following TENs priority projects:
* £19.3m to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link
Other schemes to benefit:
* a pre-operational data gathering study to support satellite-based marine and aviation navigation systems receives£1.6m
* four projects to improve ground transport access to Birmingham, Manchester, London Luton and London City airports receive£2.16m
The balance of funding will go towards studies into the potential for an outer harbour and improved rail access at Great Yarmouth, and the examination of the potential to improve the co-ordination of search and rescue services in the North Sea.
1. The development of Trans European Networks (TENs) is provided for in article 154-156 of the EC Treaty. The funding of the transport TENs was provided for in a financial regulation adopted by ECOFIN on 18 September 1995, replacing the transport infrastructure fund (the other TENs cover telecommunications and energy supply).
2. At the Essen European Council in December 1994, 14 priority transport projects were identified which receive the majority of TENs funding each year. These include in the UK the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the West Coast Main Line.