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LONDON COUNCIL CONCERN AT CHANNEL LINK PLANS

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Local authorities in east and north London expressed concern last night that John Prescott had failed to offer firm...
Local authorities in east and north London expressed concern last night that John Prescott had failed to offer firm enough guarantees that the second phase of the channel tunnel rail link from north Kent to St Pancras would go ahead, reports The Financial Tims (p11).

Richard Arthur, leader of Camden LBC, said: 'The question remains: who is going to pay for it? Where are the guarantees?' His council depends on the link to end a 20-year blight on the King's Cross/St Pancras area.

The details would be examined, he said, and if Camden and other councils believe the new plans do not comply with the 1996 Act which provided for the link to be built, they may consider challenging them through a judicial review.

Andrew Lee, a consultant to Newham LBC, said he was concerned confidence among potential investors would 'leach away'. Newham's regeneration plans are built around the proposed international station at Stratford.
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