Channel Tunnel opens to Deutsche Bahn and up to 4 million more passengers

After three years of detailed study, the Anglo-French intergovernmental commission has granted Deutsche Bahn an operating certificate to run high-speed passenger services through the Channel Tunnel.

Groupe Eurotunnel believes that this long awaited landmark decision will considerably enhance travel between the United Kingdom and northern Europe (Germany, Holland) and will over time add between 3 and 4 million new passengers per year to the 10 million already using the existing high speed passenger services. No new investment in envisaged as adjustments to the timetable and modifications to the paths through the Tunnel will suffice to accommodate the new traffic.

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Jacques Gounon, chairman and chief executive officer of Groupe Eurotunnel, said: "Twenty years after the start of commercial services, the authorities have finally opened the Channel Tunnel to all. "This is wonderful news for the millions of passengers in northern Europe who can now use this most environmentally friendly means of transport to travel to London."

Prior to this announcement, Eurostar was the only train operator allowed to run passenger services through the Channel Tunnel.


Funding Boost for the South East’s Enterprise Zones

The South East’s two Enterprise Zones have both been earmarked for a significant funding boost in a move welcomed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP)

Both sites have been shortlisted to receive over £28million between them, through the government’s Local Infrastructure Fund, to stimulate further growth and create more local jobs.

Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent is seeking funding to refurbish and redesign three buildings to offer a range of offices, laboratories, conference spaces and meetings rooms.

The investment at Enterprise West Essex in Harlow will prepare part of the site for 22,000 square metres of high grade office space.

SE LEP Chairman, John Spence, said: “The SE LEP has been instrumental in working with local communities to deliver these Enterprise Zones, to unlock practical barriers and to ensure sufficient funding.  These zones are about new employers, new jobs, and creating competitive advantage and we are delighted that our endeavours are being recognised.”

Both bids, along with the other successful proposals, will now undergo further testing to ensure they provide value for money


Eaton-Williams Group Successful Bid


Edenbridge Kent based engineer, Eaton-Williams has been successful in winning a tender to produce some 100 electricity-generating power modules for energy equipment specialist Energetix.

Eaton Williams has been creating and sustaining artificially created indoor environments for over 70 years. The company can provide climate-controlled solutions for almost any environment, including data centres, hospitals and commercial offices.

Tony Stiff, chief executive officer and managing director of Flow Energy, part of Energetix, said: "Putting in place …… Eaton-Williams, who are making the crucial power module and will do so at volume next year, marks a clear and significant step forwards for the company's potentially market-changing microCHP gas boiler."

In recent times Eaton Williams has supported major projects on behalf of  London Underground Jubilee line extension, the London Eye, the Met. Office and Jaguar Cars.

Eaton Williams is now part of the U.S. clean air specialist Nortek Inc.


Spence awarded a CBE

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) chairman John Spence has been awarded a CBE for his services to business in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Spence has chaired SELEP, the business-led partnership covering East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, for two years.

Spence is also chairman of the Spicer Haart estate agency and was formerly chairman of the Harlow Renaissance.

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