MEMBERS OF THE FAST TRACKS TO EUROPE ALLIANCE
The Fast Tracks to Europe Alliance is a grouping
of private, public and voluntary organisations campaigning for
the development of fast, quality links into the European high
speed rail network for both passengers and freight and for all
regions of Britain.
To begin with, it seeks the building of the
Channel Tunnel Rail Link as planned in the 1996 Act with the incorporation
of the Stations at Ebbsfleet, Stratford and St Pancras and link
to the West Coast Main Line to the established timetable as the
essential elements enabling future development.
Since launch of the Alliance on the 20 February
1998, there has been growing support from many regional associations,
local authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Trade Unions, businesses
and public-private partnerships with interests in regeneration.
The following list summarises our support from
many regions for the campaign.
Inside London support includes London
First, London Chamber of Commerce, Thames Gateway London Partnership
and London Lee Valley Partnership Ltd. The Association of London
Government as given their support, representing all London Local
In Kent there is support from Kent
CC, Thames Gateway North Kent Partnership, Dartford and Gravesham.
In the Home counties support includes
Milton Keynes, Watford and the Thameslink 2000 consortium.
In the West Midlands support is from
Birmingham and Wolverhampton chambers of commerce, Birmingham
2000, Rugby and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership.
In the East Midlands support is lead
by the East Midlands Regional Planning Forum and includes Nottingham
In the North, support comes from
the influential North West Partnership (following the recent merger
of the NW Business Leadership Team and the NW Regional Association),
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the Cockermouth Civic Trust,
Local Authority supports includes Wakefield, York, Doncaster,
Cheshire, Cumbria and Kirklees.
To the east it includes the Standing
Conference of East Anglian Authorities (SCEALA) and direct support
from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Ipswich Councils and Essex and
National support comes from Trade Unions including
the RMT and ASLEF as well as the Scottish TUC. Together with major
national groupings such as The English Regions Association, Transport
2000, the National Planning Forum, West Coast 250 Group, The Channel
Tunnel Initiative. The Civic Trust and the Railway Development
Society. These groups collectively add large numbers (400+) of
both individual and corporate members.