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RESPONSE TO SELECT COMMITTEE ON CHANNEL TUNNEL RAIL LINK

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The government has accepted the final decisions and route recommendations of the channel tunnel rail link select co...
The government has accepted the final decisions and route recommendations of the channel tunnel rail link select committee railways and roads minister John Watts said today.

Responding to the statement made by select committee chairman Anthony Durant, Mr Watts said:

'I am pleased that I have been able to meet the committee's wishes. Not a single decision or recommendation has been rejected.

'This now paves the way for real progress to be made on this project of historic importance and I look forward to seeing the completion of its final stages in the near future.

Recommendations approved by the government include:

-- The establishment of an interdepartmental review of the scope, causes and effects of blight arising during the various stages of major infrastructure projects in order to ascertain whether any practical changes can be made to the existing national arrangements for property purchase and compensation

-- the acceptance of the Promoters' Developed Scheme, a new approach to St Pancras station, which will meet local environmental concerns with fewer technical difficulties

-- the lowering of the line within the Boxley Valley

The CTRL bill has now completed its select committee stage. The select committee is expected to report the bill shortly and to publish its special report soon afterwards. The special report will provide more detail on the decisions reached by the committee.

Subject to the parliamentary timetable, the CTRL Bill should commence its consideration by a standing committee of the House of Commons next month.

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