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BETTER TUNNEL LINKS NEEDED TO BOOST UK JOB PROSPECTS

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A new initiative has been formed by the local authority associations to argue for a national strategy to develop in...
A new initiative has been formed by the local authority associations to argue for a national strategy to develop international rail links to and through the channel tunnel so that all parts of the UK can benefit.

The Channel Tunnel Initiative, which includes the ACC, AMA, ADC, COSLA and ALA, forecasts that better transport links would cause jobs to be created in manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

According to a CTI spokesman, failure to capitalise on the tunnel would threaten the regions with increasing isolation on the edge of Europe and reduce their ability to compete within the Single European Market.

There would also be the risk of a growing number of UK-based firms being attracted to mainland Europe for expansion and relocation.

The Initiative document contains detailed proposals for action on international passenger traffic, international freight, rail links, investment and financing, and new legislation on rail privatisation.

Derek Bateman, chairman of the CTI and a Cheshire County councillor, said: 'These proposals offer the opportunity to give UK manufacturing, service and distribution industries a real shot in the arm to get the economy moving again and they would give a fillip to future job prospects in the regions.'

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