Shandwick will lobby for Central Railway proposal

Railway infrastructure firm Central Railway has appointed Shandwick to lobby in support of its proposed freight and passenger line from Lille in northern France to Liverpool.

Railway infrastructure firm Central Railway has appointed Shandwick

to lobby in support of its proposed freight and passenger line from

Lille in northern France to Liverpool.



Since February, the company had employed Tavistock, but the agency

resigned the account last July.



Shandwick will seek to gain support for the plan from political

audiences, including local authorities affected by the scheme. The

agency will then work to get backing from city audiences.



Central Railway’s proposed route would enable passengers and freight to

travel through the Channel tunnel to the north-west of England and

onwards into Scotland. The line will use existing tracks, although

bridges and designs will have to be modified. This work could create up

to 2,000 permanent rail operator jobs.



Central Railway initiated similar proposals for the cross- Channel line

two years ago which were rejected by Parliament after criticism from

constituency MPs along the route who formed a coalition against Central

Railway and employed lobbying agency Westminster Strategy.



Shandwick director Jon McLeod, who worked for the coalition against the

company in 1996, said: ’The recent white paper on transport stressed the

Government’s commitment to getting more freight off the roads and on to

the railways. Central Railway’s proposed new rail route will clearly

help achieve this goal.’



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