Union Railways hires PPU for public affairs

The Public Policy Unit has been picked to handle public affairs for the consortium building the channel tunnel rail link, a task previously handled by Politics International.

The Public Policy Unit has been picked to handle public affairs for

the consortium building the channel tunnel rail link, a task previously

handled by Politics International.



Union Railways, the company charged with designing and monitoring the

building of the channel tunnel rail link, has appointed PPU to handle

its public affairs in both London and Brussels.



Meanwhile, London and Continental Railways (LCR), the lead partner in

the consortium of which Union is a member, has ended its public affairs

contract with Politics International.



PPU’s appointment follows the Government’s decision earlier this month

to provide financial guarantees allowing LCR to continue to build the

rail link, after the consortium ran into funding difficulties in

January.



PPU previously handled public affairs for Rail Link Engineering, another

member of the consortium.



Charles Miller, PPU director, described his agency’s main brief as:

’rebuilding confidence in the link; advising Union Railways on liaison

with local authorities, MPs, communities and protest groups in Kent and

London.’



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