PUTTING ON A UNITED FRONT

This article reports on a pioneering study of major issues and problems by the 'Euroregion', five regions of Europe around the Channel Tunnel. The five regions are: (1) Kent, England; (2) Nord Pas de Calais, France; (3) Vlaanderen, Belgium; (4) Wallonia, Belgium; and (5) Brussels. Euroregion's members believe that their future depends on mutual cooperation. The area faces rapidly increasing competition, together with transport congestion, industrial change, and ageing populations. The five regions came together to benefit from their opportunities, especially the new transport links between them. They view the Channel Tunnel as potentially both a damaging bypass and a source of jobs and wealth, but much more than a transport corridor. They are making joint studies of strategic planning, infrastrucutre, economic development, and the environment. Then they will combine detailed research and analysis to make a Euroregion database. After that, they will identify areas for action. This will be a political and professional learning process about what they can actually achieve. One problem is how to compare data, statistics and functions, when the three Euroregion countries have such different procedures. Another is to maximise the benefits and minimise harmful side-effects from high-speed rail lines.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • BOND, R
  • Publication Date: 1994-1-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 10-2
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 181
    • Issue Number: 5273
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00665223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM