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Howard pressing government on fast rail link for Folkestone decision

Contributed by editor on Oct 28, 2004 - 04:18 PM


HOWARD PRESSING GOVERNMENT ON FAST RAIL LINK FOR FOLKESTONE DECISION

Michael Howard, Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe, has welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport of a preferred manufacturer, Hitachi, to build new high-speed rolling stock to run domestic services o­n the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

He has been pressing the Secretary of State to make a decision o­n the opening of domestic services o­n the High Speed Rail Link and at the opening of the HSRL more than a year ago o­n 16 September 2003, Mr Howard publicly asked Mr Darling for a decision o­n the opening of domestic services and was told that a decision could be expected shortly.

Following a letter raising the matter o­nce more Mr Howard was assured in a reply from the Secretary of State o­n 27 October 2004 that, “Later in the Autumn the Strategic Rail Authority will be issuing an invitation to tender to run the IKF franchise to the 4 pre-qualified companies. The SRA will also be publishing a stakeholder briefing pack and announcing the full IKF service pattern.â€?

Mr Howard said: “Although I am pleased that we are o­ne step closer to the opening of domestic services o­n the High Speed Rail Link, it is still not clear whether or not Folkestone will be included in the route. I am urging the Strategic Rail Authority and the Department for Transport to include Folkestone in their plans. I have discussed this with the Transport Secretary who has told me that a decision will be announced within weeks.â€?

 
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