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Total package for rescue plan

LCR has rejected a plan to phase the CTRL construction programme as a way of getting round its funding crisis, it emerged this week.

A source close to the consortium confirmed that any rescue plan would have to involve construction of the whole route.

This was because the project will need to secure public subsidy to provide commuter train paths and regeneration opportunities in Stratford, St Pancras and Ebbsfleet. Building the link to the West Coast Main Line was also considered vital to the success of the scheme.

Sources close to the project also blamed the government for contributing to the CTRL crisis. claiming that it had placed over-ambitious expectations on the service when accepting LCRs bid. They claimed that Eurostar was saddled with heavy access charges for the use of Railtrack lines between Waterloo and the Channel Tunnel. These were negotiated by the government before Eurostar was handed to LCR.

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