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
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