Council leader claims door is between high speed link and Dover...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:38 AM

The Leader of Dover District Council has written a letter to the Government stating that all that seems to be preventing the nation’s capital being connected to its busiest port is a door.

The letter from Cllr Peter Wells to the Transport Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport follows the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority’s consultation document on options for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

This document highlights that the provision of an end access, for emergency access to these trains, would enable the Folkestone service to be extended to Dover.

Cllr Wells said: “Given that it is possible to have doors on planes, it can not be beyond the wit of man to specify this requirement on these high speed trains, achieving the strategic benefit of connecting the Capital to the Gateway to Europe. “I can not envisage any other European Country that would allow the simple matter of specifying a door to prevent a connection between its premier port, Europe and its Capital.�

These comments came as partners in the East Kent Triangle launched a conference to highlight the investment priorities needed for the area to play a key role in the South East’s economy, attended by the Minister for Employment Relations, Industry and the Regions, Alan Johnson, MP.

The Conference, Revitalising the East Kent Triangle, and held at Pfizer's in Sandwich was organised by the East Kent Area Strategic Partnership, which covers the areas of Canterbury, Thanet and Dover, brought together leading businesses, politicians and key decision makers.

The Minister who travelled from London by rail had to complete his journey by taxi as his train broke down at Ashford.